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Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard.

Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas.

Tampa 1a LLLL on boardThe Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and…

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