Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has dumped Tibet and will be at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics with leaders who have Tibet clamped under military control, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"It was so predictable," Senator Brown said today. "But it raises the question: why has he kept Australia waiting so long? What, if anything at all, has this government done since the bloodshed in Tibet in March, to lift Beijing's suppression of the 7 million Tibetans? Nothing at all is the answer," Senator Brown said.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown will meet with the Dalai Lama tomorrow afternoon in Sydney.
"I will be discussing a range of issues with His Holiness when we meet, including the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games and any progress on dialogue between China and representatives of His Holiness," Senator Brown said.
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.
The Greens believe that sport and physical recreation are essential elements of the culture of many Australians, and that being active contributes to good mental and physical health.
Sport also plays an important role in developing social and community links, and that the government has a responsibility to ensure equitable access to affordable sport and physical recreation opportunities.
Authorised by D. Lawson, Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra 2600