We need to recognise that the human rights abuses of asylum seekers is our nation’s awful legacy, and Julian Burnside knows who is to blame.
- Paul Gregoire
- The Big Smoke
The Norwegian freighter MV Tampa entered Australian waters on 29 August 2001, carrying 433 asylum seekers who’d been stranded in a fishing boat in the Indian Ocean.
After a period of being detained at sea, most of the asylum seekers were eventually taken to Nauru.
It was then Prime Minister John Howard who gave the order to…