Rudd's biggest Beijing Olympics decision yet to come: Brown
The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if the Chinese authorities ignore global calls for dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra today.
"To give him due credit, Mr Rudd has made good his commitment to put Tibet on the agenda during his visit to Beijing. But Beijing has had a media blackout on Mr Rudd's call and seems to believe that if it does nothing the issue will go away. Meanwhile, Tibet is effectively under martial law," Senator Brown said.
"Without there being talks with the Dalai Lama, Mr Rudd should follow UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's decision not to go to the opening ceremony in August."
"I do not favour an athletes' boycott of the Games, but I have congratulated Dawn Fraser on her principled stand," Senator Brown said.
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