[Friday, 24 June 2011, 8:23 p.m.]
Tibet's spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) welcomed by Australia's National Party leader
Warren Truss (R) and Opposition Leader Tony Abbot (C) at Parliament House in Canberra
on 14 June 2011/Getty Images
DHARAMSHALA: A motion from Senators Bob Brown and Nick Xenophon supporting the wishes of the Tibetan people to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet was passed in the Senate on 15 June.
The motion “expresses disappointment that neither the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) nor the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Mr Rudd) were available to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama” during his recent visit to the Parliament House.
It “endorses the meetings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Coalition leaders Messers Tony Abbott, Warren Truss, and Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown.”
It “notes that the last Prime Minister to meet His Holiness was Mr John Howard in 2007.”
The motion “wishes the people of Tibet well in their aspiration to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama return home to Tibet’s capital Lhasa.”
“This recognition of the lost freedom of Tibetans to have their spiritual leader at home will be welcomed by seven million Tibetans, including those in exile around the world,” Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra.