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Analyzing the Siev 36 Incident

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Analyzing the Siev 36 Incident
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On April 16, 2009, a small boat carrying a human cargo of asylum seekers from Afghanistan ignited and sank in Australian waters. Five passengers died, and many more were seriously injured. In the weeks following the sinking of Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) 36, the debate about Australia's treatment of asylum seekers was passionately renewed in parliament and across the nation's media.In the wake of this, a group of lawyers and academics met in Canberra, to try and explain the extraordinarily complicated web of legislation and policy surrounding the processing of people entering the country by water.moreless
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