Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Defence
Ms Margaret Hutton
[date stamped:] 16 September 2005
Dear Ms Hutton
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.
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