Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tibet Advocacy Day 2012

Friday, 30 March 2012

Congratulations to our team on an outstanding Tibet Advocacy Day on 19 March 2012 in Canberra.

Our delegation of 12 Tibetans met with 35 politicians from both Houses of the Parliament, from all parties and from every state and territory. They briefed the parliamentarians on the current situation in Tibet and appealed for stronger government action.

On the day the Tibet team was in Canberra, the government finally broke its silence on the deepening crisis in Tibet. Foreign minister Bob Carr announced the government is seeking permission for the Australian Ambassador in Beijing and a parliamentary delegation to see for themselves the conditions which have seen over 30 Tibetans setting themselves on fire in acts of protest.

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Here are some of the media stories on our big day:
ABC: Exiled Tibetans lobby Australian leaders
SBS: Tibet Advocacy Project
NineMSN: Aussie diplomat seeks Tibet visit
SMH: Carr push on Tibet visit
The Australian: Diplomatic bid to visit volatile Tibet

In a statement in the House of Representative's on 19 March Labor's Melissa Parke MP acknowledged the presence of the 12 Tibetan advocates in the parliament and said: "The disturbing trend of self-immolations reflects the depth of the crisis in Tibet and the need for the Chinese government to review its policies. I hope the Australian government will continue to urge China to address the grievances of the Tibetan people through dialogue. Read the full transcript of Melissa's statement.

On 22 March Labour MP Janelle Saffin made a statement in the House of Representatives welcoming the Foreign Minister's comments in the Senate that he had asked the People's Republic of China for permission to send Australia's ambassador in Beijing to Tibet to investigate religious protests by self-immolation. Read the full transcript of Janelle's statement.

Below is a full list of the politicians who met the delegation.

Members and Senators whom we met (A-Z):
Senator Eric Abetz; Senator Catryna Bilyk; Senator Simon Birmingham; Bronwyn Bishop MP; Julie Bishop MP; Senator Sue Boyce; Senator Bob Brown; Senator Doug Cameron
Senator Richard Colbeck; Mark Coulton MP; Michael Danby MP; Senator David Fawcett; Alan Griffin MP; Senator Sarah Hanson-Young; Senator Gary Humphries; Andrew Leigh MP; Senator Scott Ludlam; Rob Mitchell MP; Scott Morrison MP; Kelly O'Dwyer MP; Melissa Parke MP; Senator Stephen Parry; Senator Louise Pratt; Senator Lee Rhiannon; Andrew Robb MP; Senator Nigel Scullion; Senator Lisa Singh; Senator Ursula Stephens; Dan Tehan MP; Alan Tudge MP; Senator Anne Urquart; Bert Van Manen MP
Mal Washer MP; Andrew Wilkie MP; Tony Windsor MP

Apologies:
Martin Ferguson MP; Paul Fletcher MP; Gary Gray MP; Joe Hockey MP; Craig Kelly MP; Senator Helen Kroger; Kirsten Livermore MP; Senator Ian Macdonald; Jenny Macklin MP; Richard Marles MP; Senator Gavin Marshall; Senator Christine Milne; Senator Fiona Nash; Brendan O'Connor MP; Michelle Rowland MP; Kevin Rudd MP; Philip Ruddock MP; 
Senator Scott Ryan; Janelle Saffin MP; Warren Truss MP

The following Members and Senators also wished to meet but were unable to do so on 19 March: (We will look to schedule a meeting in the near future)
Peter Dutton MP; Warren Entch MP; Laurie Ferguson MP; Teresa Gambaro MP; Harry Jenkins MP; Daryl Melham MP; Jane Prentice MP; Bernie Ripoll MP; Wyatt Roy MP; Alex Somlyay MP