(Question No. 431)
Senator Brown asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and
Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:
With reference to the sinking of the boat known as SIEV X:
(1) Will the Minister now release the list of names of people who are
thought to have drowned.
(2) How many queries has the Government had from people seeking the
names of persons thought to have been on board: (a) from within
Australia and (b) from outside Australia.
(3) If the list is not to be released:
(a) what are the precise reasons; and
(b) if one reason is that release of the list would endanger an
informant, in what way.
Senator Vanstone - The answer to the honourable senator's question is
(1) The Government has no way of knowing or verifying all those who
drowned, being an illegal venture out of another country with the
tragedy occurring in international waters. Some names of those who
have thought to have drowned are held.
(2) Records of requests are not held.
(3) The Government does not hold comprehensive information nor is it
in a position to verify it.