The boat was stocked with provisions and the crew was skilled. When Australian officials boarded, the vessel was not in distress, and had not asked for help. Authorities mistreated the passengers then handed over $US32,000 to make the problem go away.Or perhaps the boat was in desperate straits and called for help. The weather was rough and forecast to worsen; without help the occupants may have died. Australian officials boarded and kept everyone safe. Money may or may not have changed hands.
Deborah Snow Stan Grant says he has not 'locked off' on future plans but feels an 'obligation' to the words of his now-famous speech.
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