Top Australian Leaders Meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Parliament House


June 14, 2011 5:00 pm

Top Australian Leaders Meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Parliament House [Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 12:54 a.m.]


 
Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott, right, welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama before their meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, 14 June 2011/AP Photo

DHARAMSHALA:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama today visited the Parliament House in
Canberra and he was accorded warm welcome by  some of the top leaders,
which include Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.His Holiness also met Nationals leader Warren Truss, Greens leader Bob Brown and School Education Minister Peter Garrett.Australian Prime minister Julia Gillard did not met His Holiness during the visit. Speaking
to reporters at the Parliament House, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said
the “goals of his visit were to promote values and religious harmony”.”If your Prime Minister has some kind of spiritual interest, then of course my meeting would be useful,” he said.Later
in the afternoon, His Holiness will give a public talk on ‘A
Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Happiness, Life &
Living – Love and Forgiveness’ at the Royal Theater National Convention
Center.During the Canberra visit, the Parliamentary Friends of
Tibet group is also hosting a reception for His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. The multiparty event has received RSVPs from 80 MPs.Labor
MP Michael Danby, convener of the Friends group, said he was
disappointed that Mr Rudd at least could not meet the Dalai Lama
personally because as prime minister he had spoken movingly about the
plight of Tibetans under Chinese rule.More photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Australia’s Federal Parliament:

 
Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott, right, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during their meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, 14 June 2011/AP Photo 
 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, left, is greeted by the Australian Greens leader Sen. Bob Brown at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, 14 June 2011/AP Photo

 
Tibet’s spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) meets 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

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, left, is greeted by the Australian Greens leader Sen. Bob Brown, center, and independent Sen. Nick Xenophon at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, 14 June 2011.