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Reluctant Rescuers – an important new book by Siev X Campaigner Tony Kevin

June 18 2012

Reluctant RescuersRELUCTANT RESCUERS

AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK BY SIEV X CAMPAIGNER TONY KEVIN

In Refugee Week Reluctant Rescuers asks important questions about the Australian border protection system’s safety record in detecting and intercepting asylum-seeker boats. Over 400 people have drowned in four separate major tragedies at sea since 2009.

Reluctant Rescuers analyses the hidden history of two boats that disappeared at sea in 2009 and 2010, the shipwreck of SIEV 221 at Christmas Island in December 2010, and the foundering of the Barokah off the south coast of East Java in December 2011. Simply blaming people smugglers is not a sufficient explanation.

In recent years, Australia’s time-hallowed rescue at sea obligations have been corroded by an increasingly ruthless and cynical Australian maritime border protection system. This system routinely collects large amounts of intelligence on boats that may be headed for Australian territories. But why does it sometimes fail to acknowledge and act on that intelligence when it comes to ‘suspected irregular entry vessels’—a SIEV—in peril at sea?

In Reluctant Rescuers Tony Kevin argues that the Australian border protection system has lost its moral compass. Safety of life at sea must now be reaffirmed as a declared core responsibility of the system.

Reluctant Rescuers will interest anyone concerned with Australian border security and the challenge of irregular arrivals of boat people, from whatever side of the political debate.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tony Kevin is a former Australian ambassador whose courageous questions in 2002 sparked off the Senate inquiry into the sinking of SIEV X and who later wrote the prizewinning investigative book  A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X.

TONY KEVIN IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW

Contact: 02 6236 3732, 0414 822 171 or tonykevin@grapevine.com.au

The book will be launched in Canberra by Father Frank Brennan SJ AO on 5 July 2012.

 Full details of the book and how to obtain it are on the dedicated book website www.reluctantrescuers.com

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