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Glad Tidings Newsletter 9 Part 1

  1. 1. GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 PART A Featured in other parts of this newsletter and available for download on the MTS website : Col Brown, Greg Vines and Dennis Claughton at • New members elected to the ILO, Geneva the MTS Australian Council • Flying Angel Freemantle at the ILO Geneva • MTS Sydney’s Lloyds list DCNEditorial award in MelbourneA very happy new year to all our Australia’s permanent minister to the • AMSA’s most generousreaders. This edition of the newsletter UN to be present with him, and other gesturedoes indeed bring glad tidings! dignitaries (including the MUA’sAs many of you might know, just prior to national secretary Paddy Crumlin) atChristmas, the Australian parliament the formal presentation of Australia’s • Commissioning at Port Gilesratified the Maritime Labour instrument of ratification to the ILO.Convention. We congratulate the • Bishop Garry moves toGovernment, and in particular Minister Back home, our biennial conference Ballarat DioceseAlbanese on this historic piece of held at the Maritime Training Collegelegislation and pray that the Beauty Point Tasmania in October,Convention will come into full force attended by all but one of our twenty • Port Kembla’s mu-mu feast for secretary-generalinternationally as soon as possible. six centres was an outstanding success.Australia is the twenty-second nation to MTS’ popular secretary general Tomratify the Convention and it is Heffer, travelled from London to join us • Jack Tomes – Hobart’sexpected that the other eight nations for the five day event. It was a great volunteer extraordinaireneeded to ratify to make up the thrill to have Tom with us, and itrequired thirty necessary for the afforded him the opportunity to spend some quality time with those MTS • Changes at Gladstone MTSConvention to become internationallaw, should occur in the first half of this chaplains, staff and volunteersyear. This is wonderful news and cause participating in the conference- and to • Father Thomas goesfor celebration for the globe’s 1.3 savour the Aussie style of conferencing overboard at Christmasmillion seafarers and all those good and ministering to seafarers visiting thesouls who are part of the maritime vast shores of this continent. • Townsville’s new seafarers’family. centre looking brilliant A special “thank you” to Arthur HinsleyThe Reverend Canon Dennis for organising much of the conference and his willing helpers, providing an • Eden’s whale festivalClaughton, our Fremantle MTS chaplainhad the great honour and pleasure to abundance of Tassie hospitality from blessingbe at the International Labour our centres in Hobart and Burnie. AndOrganisation in Geneva, the day the another “thank you” goes to BrisbaneAustralian Government announced MTS’ Capt Dave Ellis and Newcastle’sratification to the full assembly of the Revd Garry Dodd for presenting aILO. number of invaluable conferenceDennis was very proud to accept the sessions of the highest quality on thegracious invitation from Greg Vines increasing threat of piracy and
  2. 2. Editorial cont. Featured articles cont. armed robbery at sea, and spirited fellowship generated in addressing ways in which we as Tasmania. Our chaplains at • Geraldton MTS celebrates pastoral practitioners can be of Fremantle and Newcastle centres Daphne’s great achievements support to seafarers who live in fear have kindly indicated that the staff of attack on the high seas or who at these two venues would be more have already experienced these than happy to host gatherings of • Chaplain Jed with royalty on type of traumas- not forgetting the the MTS family later in the year. Melbourne’s waters impact such experiences have on the families and loved ones of The Australian Council meets in • Newcastle’s ship visiting course seafarers as well. Geelong over 9-10 February when this proposal will be discussed, a • Bunbury blesses pilot’s boat It seems an eternity before we decision made and communicated gather again for our next biennial to all our mission centres soon after. conference in 2013 and the current • Stonehenge comes to Esperance feedback from conference Best wishes for a safe, happy and participants is that- as the Beauty fulfilling 2012. • Tragedies at sea Point gathering was so valuable- it would be ideal if we could have a Col Brown meeting of the west coast centres National Coordinator • Cyclone Heidi batters our Pilbara somewhere in the West later this Australian Council of Mission to centres year, and similarly one for the east Seafarers coast centres in the East to build • Wallaroo opens new centre upon the enthusiasm, learning and Beauty Point MTS national conference groupPage 2 GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 part A 2012