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The Dalai Lama in Australia

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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A ยท T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR VICKI BOURNE Australian Democrat Senator for N ew South Wales

April 28, 1992 PR No 92/215



The Dalai Lama's visit to Australia is the perfect opportunity for Australia to send a strong message of support to him and his people.

Senator Vicki Bourne, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Australian Democrats said: "Just as fair-minded Australians are outraged by Indonesia's annexation of East Timor so must we denounce China's control of Tibet.

"The Dalai Lama should be re-assured of Australia's absolute support for his people's quest for basic human rights.

"At my meeting with the Dalai Lama l will personally inform him of my Party's complete backing for self-determination in Tibet.

"For decades Tibetans have lived without freedom, enduring massacres, torture and a concerted effort at cultural genocide.

"During my visit to Tibet (as a member of Australia's 1991 Human Rights Delegation to China and Tibet) the appalling effects of China's ring-barking of Tibetan culture were visible everywhere.

'The fear and sadness of these gentle and peaceful people was palpable.

"I hope Tibetans and the Dalai Lama will receive more support than the people of East Timor have enjoyed from successive Australian Governments."

(Senator Bourne was the moving force behind a Senate Notice of Motion on Tibet which in December 1990 unanimously recognised the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people. In 1991 the House of Representatives also unanimously passed this motion.)

For further information please phone Senator Bourne 06 277 3820 W OR 06 297 3830 H

Commonwealth Parliament Offices, 56-70 Phillip Street, Sydney, N.S.W. Postal Address: G.P.O. Box 36, Sydney, N.S.W. 200I Telephone (02) 247 3377 Facsimile 247 968I