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Australian Parliamentary Delegations to Dharamsala

Friday, 20 July 2012

An Australian parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, is an important step in Australia’s support for Tibet. Along with Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Tibet Information Office, we have been part of two such exciting trips to Dharamsala.

The program helps in raising Tibet’s profile in the parliament and engaging greater interest from politicians. The politicians develop stronger relations with Tibetan leaders in exile and together explore avenues in advancing the Tibet cause. They also gain fresh insights into Tibet’s political and cultural life while meeting young students, activists, former political prisoners and local artists in Dharamsala.

Australian politicians in Dharamsala - 2012

AAPGT-delegation-2012Senators Larissa Waters (Greens) and Lisa Singh (Labor) were part of the second parliamentary delegation visiting Dharamsala in July 2012. They met with the Tibetan parliament in exile, minister of information and international relations, NGO representatives and newly-arrived refugees during a week-long trip to “Little Lhasa”.

Senator Lisa Singh was one of the politicians met by our Tibetan delegation on the Tibet Advocacy Day in March 2012, who has later joined the Australia All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. Senator Larissa Waters has met with Tibetan constituents in her electorate.

Read a report on their visit on Tibet.net, the website of the Tibetan government in exile.

First parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala - 2009

Michael Danby MP, Peter Slipper MP, Melissa Parke MP and Senators Sarah Hanson-Young, Scott Ludlam and Nick Xenophon joined the first-ever parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala in 2009 amid a diplomatic backlash from the Chinese government.

It was the first time a group of Australian politicians visited Dharamsala and met with the Dalai Lama among a host of other political and community leaders. All six of them are today key members of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.

In a joint statement in Dharamsala, the delegation said their visit is a “testimony to the depth and breadth of support in Australia for a peaceful resolution of the Tibetan situation”.

Simon Bradshaw from ATC accompanied the first group of parliamentarians as their adviser and trip coordinator. Check out some of Simon's video blogs from Dharamsala.

 Here are some links to the media coverage on the visit.