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In November 2001, there was going to be
a Federal election in Australia.....
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard
was going to loose this election
but then a ship appeared on the horizon...
the ship was rescuing asylum seekers
from a leaking boat called the Palapa
and it was called the M.V. Tampa

it had a captain called Arne Rinnan,
and it was a containership from Norway
in accordance with the Laws of the Sea
Arne Rinnan was bringing
the shipwrecked refugees to Australia
John Howard bugged the telephone
of the good captain; he threatened
to arrest him as a "people smuggler"

MV Tampa getting clearly visible

He declared a "no-fly" zone over the ship to stop the media from 'knowing' the refugees and discovering what really went on