by Emmy Silvius
SIEVX, or Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X, is the name officially designated in Canberra for a rundown old Indonesian fishing boat that was used in October 2001 for smuggling people from Iraq and Afghanistan on the last part of their journey to Australia.
SIEVX1 was the twelfth and last vessel used to transport desperate people seeking a new life in a country they envisioned would give them a fair go. Their dreams were to be shattered before they set foot in Australia. Not only that, the concept of a ‘fair-go’ was thrown out the window the day these people tried to enter our country legally.
Why? What was their crime?”
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