Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

30 September 2011
Australia's relationship with China is back in the news for the first time in months with Prime Minister Julia Gillard launching a major enquiry into "Australia in the Asian Century". This Monday, yet another two young monks from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, set themselves on fire. In an opinion piece on the National Times of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, ATC board member Dr Simon Bradshaw wrote how much longer are we willing to ignore Tibet in this increasingly important relationship. Read the full article

Let's Grow the Tibet Movement in Australia

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 20 September 2011

20 September 2011
ATC's Communications & Government Relations Manager Tsering Kyinzom Dhongdue

Do you follow Australia Tibet Council on Facebook and Twitter? This year we plan to introduce new exciting online tools that will help you turn your support for Tibet into real action. Begin by following us on Facebook and Twitter. This week as I complete the first year in my campaigning role at Australia Tibet Council, I would like to make a few observations on the movement we're building together in Australia. While we are constantly taking positive action together - for instance by bringing a record number of parliamentarians to meet the Dalai Lama, we are working in a challenging political environment. Critical issues such as Tibet have been forced too far down the agenda and politicians are too easily unnerved by an ever more assertive China. And while we join in the celebrations of the exile Tibetans' milestone of electing a new political leader, we also face a deluge of sad news from Tibet. In a year, perversely celebrated by China as the 60th anniversary of its 'peaceful liberation' of Tibet, two young monks burnt themselves to death in their last political act. Such conflicting realities leave me with a few sobering thoughts. Read more

Supporting International Action For Tibet

Published in Blog
Thursday, 08 September 2011

8 September 2011
On 18 September, ATC board member Dr Simon Bradshaw is running in the Sydney Marathon to raise funds for ATC and International Tibet Network. Please watch the video below and make a donation for his Run for Tibet. In this blog post, Simon reflects on his motivations for running the Sydney Marathon.

Dalai Lama’s Top Man Heads to Canberra

Published in Blog
Friday, 26 August 2011

1 September 2011

altPaul and I were back in Parliament House last week as pollies returned to Canberra after their long winter break. Our small Tibet team was joined by Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, a lobbyist par excellence. In the last one year of my advocacy work on Tibet in the Australian parliament, this lobbying trip was the most rewarding in more ways than one. A formidable speaker with two decades of experience in Washington, Gyari Rinpoche made a compelling case for Tibet to our political leaders. Knowing he is the Dalai Lama's Special Envoy and has been the main negotiator with the Chinese government for 26-odd years, our politicians understood the importance of his role. Read more

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