All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet
On 6 December 2005, a group of parliamentarians met in Parliament House, Australia, to inaugurate the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. The group announced that 2006 will be observed as the Year of Tibet in Australia.
The group will work to highlight the urgency of preserving the unique Tibetan culture, environment and support initiatives for a peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue. At their first meeting on 6 December, the Parliamentarians re-affirmed support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach.
The group called on the People's Republic of China to enter into constructive negotiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives on the future of Tibet. The group called on the Australian Government to consider offering to host the 5th round of the China-Tibet dialogue in 2006 in Australia.
Michael Danby, MP of Labour Party in Australia, briefed the group on his attendance at the 4th World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 18-19 November 2005.
- Michael Danby, MP as Chair
- Senator Bob Brown (Australian Greens), Vice Chair
- Hon Peter Slipper MP (Liberal), Vice Chair
- Senator Natasha Stott Despoja (Australian Democrats), Vice Chair
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