Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Defence

Ms Margaret Hutton
[address deleted]

[date stamped:] 16 September 2005

Dear Ms Hutton

Thank you for your letter of 21 June 2005 concerning recent statements made in regard to SIEV-X.

A full account of Defence's knowledge of the events surrounding the tragic loss of the vessel known as SIEV-X on 19 October 2001 has been provided to the Senate Inquiry into a Certain Maritime Incident, and the findings of that inquiry are a matter of public record. Defence has not conducted any subsequent investigations and the findings of the report reflect the extent of information available to Defence.

I trust this information will clarify the situation for you.

Yours sincerely

Robert Hill




Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7800 Fax: (02) 6273 4118

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