Boat Tragedies and People Smugglers: the true cost of deterrence

7.45 pm, Wednesday 22 August, Brunswick Library


  • Tony Kevin: Author of new book Reluctant Rescuers on ‘border protection’ and A Certain Maritime Incident on SIEV X
  • Robin de Crespigny: Author of The People Smuggler: The Oskar Schindler of Asia

As the federal parliament debates the best method to repel refugees, authors Robin de Crespigny and Tony Kevin remind us of the human cost of refugee policies that begin with deterrence. Their stories of why refugees breach borders and avoidable boat tragedies speak of their belief in the need for safe passage for refugees, not criminalisation and deterrence. Join us for a conversation with Robin de Crespigny, author of The People Smuggler: the true story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler’ of Asia and Tony Kevin, author of Reluctant Rescuers and A Certain Maritime Incident.

Bookings: 9389 8600 (or contact Lucy 0404 728 104 for more info)

Both books will be available for sale on the night, as a fundraiser for RAC