Below is a letter that I recently sent to The Honourable Kevin Rudd, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I encourage you to be in prayer about this issue.
On behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and particularly the Mission to Seafarers we thank you for the Federal Government’s part in combating international piracy in various locations including the Arabian Sea. We also urge the Federal Government to continue its efforts in combating piracy on the high seas and take every effort to protect the often-disadvantaged seafarers who are on the frontline of this danger.
The Mission to Seafarers, an Anglican organisation dedicated to the well being of seafarers, operates in ports around Tasmania and Australia. Many of the seafarers who come through the doors of the various stations have faced the threat of kidnapping or even death as they work in often-difficult conditions aboard the vessels that ply their trade across the world.
We respectfully request that you inform us of the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to protect seafarers in this regard.
John D Harrower OAM
Bishop of Tasmania
Reply letter: The Hon Kevin Rudd MP – Piracy