Senate debates

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

7TH Anniversary of the Sievx Incident

3:41 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—
notes that:
19 October 2008 marks the 7th anniversary of a boat known as the Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X (SIEV X), bound for Australia and carrying 421 passengers and crew,
this boat sank with the tragic loss of 353 lives, including 146 children, and
in Opposition, the Government repeatedly expressed its anger and frustration with the former Government’s inaction on establishing a full judicial inquiry into the SIEV X tragedy;
expresses its regret and sympathy at the tragic loss of so many innocent lives; and
calls on the Government immediately to establish an independent judicial inquiry into all aspects of the ‘People Smuggling Strike Team’ operated by the Commonwealth Government from 2000 to date, in particular the boat known as SIEV X.

Question put.