Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tibet Advocacy Day 2013

Wednesday, 03 April 2013


Two days after our Tibet Advocacy Day on 18 March, a motion moved by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a key member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, was passed in the Senate.

Thank you to all our supporters from across the country, our volunteers and the entire Tibet Advocacy Day team!

On 18 March, twelve young Tibetan-Australians shared their personal stories about Tibet with almost 40 national leaders from across the political spectrum and urged Australia to adopt a new approach on the Tibet issue by joining forces with other governments. They joined Tibetans and supporters lobbying their elected representatives in various national capitals in March. We're all carrying the same message – that it's time for governments to work together to address the escalating crisis in Tibet.

On the same day, our petition signed by over 2,500 Australians was tabled in the House of Representatives by Mr Warren Entsch, a senior parliamentarian.  The petition also urged the Australian government to “join other concerned countries in an intergovernmental forum dedicated to building stronger International pressure on China to address the crisis in Tibet.”

In March, Australia Tibet Council also gave briefings on the situation in Tibet to the foreign affairs committees of both Labor and the Coalition. 

With Tibet Advocacy Day, we have just begun our campaign to convince concerned governments, including Australia, that for China to respond they need to work together to be a force for real change in Tibet.

List of politicians who have met our delegation:

Senator Doug Cameron, Graham Perrett MP, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Rob Mitchell MP, Julie Owens MP, Senator David Bushby, Deborah O'Neill MP, Judi Moylan MP, Laura Smyth MP, Senator John Madigan, Daryl Melham MP, Alan Griffin MP, Natasha Griggs MP, Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Senator - Claire Moore, Craig Kelly MP, Josh Frydenberg MP, Laurie Ferguson MP, Kevin Andrews MP, Andrew Wilkie MP, Ken O'Dowd MP, Senator Dr Alan Eggleston, Senator Lisa Singh, Andrew Laming MP, Brownyn Bishop MP, Senator Louise Pratt, Senator Lin Thorp, Senator Anne Urquhart, Wyatt Roy MP, Phillip Ruddock MP, Warren Entsch MP, Kelvin Thomson MP, Dr Sharman Stone MP, Michael Danby MP, Andrew Laming MP, Sam Riordan on behalf of Julie Bishop MP, Damien Hickman on behalf of Andrew leigh MP and Stacey Nguyen on behalf of Brendan O’Connor MP. 


Self-immolations and human rights: Why we need to talk about Tibet
The Conversation, 28 March 

Radio Free Asia Tibetan service
20 March

Read about our Tibet Advocacy Day 2012 and watch a short doco  from that day.