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Australian Greens back His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to the Senate

August 21, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 20, 2009

Dharamshala -- The Australian Greens leader Bob
Brown said he would pursue the suggestions of the
Liberals to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to
sit in the president's gallery in the Senate when
he visits in December this year, WA Today online reported.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Australia
from 1 -3 December to give Buddhist teachings and public talks.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Independent
Senator Nick Xenophon tabled a motion in the
Senate on Thursday to grant His Holiness the
Dalai Lama permission to sit in Senate gallery
but the government and opposition voted it down.

The Greens blamed "fear of Beijing" for the decision.

"Greens leader Bob Brown said it was appropriate
for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to sit in the
Senate's distinguished visitors' gallery, which
is reserved for members of governments, because
he was the political leader of the exiled Tibetan
people," WA Today report said.

"Let's not beat around the bush here, the fact is
there's fear of Beijing alive and well," Senator Brown told the Senate.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who met His Holiness
the Dalai Lama during a visit to Dharamsala in
July this year, said the spiritual leader has
previously addressed the US Congress and the
European Parliament and the Senate has missed a valuable opportunity.

The Australian parliamentary delegation, head by
Labor MP Michael Danby, that visited the Tibetan
community in Dharamsala in July, said they would
invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Australian parliament.
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