On May 11, 2023, the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AAPGT) hosted an occasion dubbed “Tibet Brief” in the capitol. The Australia Tibet Council organized the gathering with the help of the Tibet Information Office and the ACT Tibetan Community.
With the use of occasions like Tibet Advocacy Day, the Australian All-Party Group for Tibet seeks to strengthen Tibet’s voice in the Australian parliament. The purpose of the gathering was to bring new legislative allies together to hear from representatives of the ACT Tibetan Community, Australia Tibet Council, and the Tibet Information Office about Tibet and its current circumstances.
Karma Singey, the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, talked briefly on the deteriorating conditions in Tibet and thanked all of his legislative colleagues for their concerns and unwavering support for the cause of Tibet. He also let them know that Sikyong Penpa Tsering will be visiting Australia in June.
When they recently visited Dharamshala in April 2023, Senator Janet Rice, Dr. Sophie Scamps MP, Susan Templeman MP, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Sharon Claydon all shared their insights into the lives of Tibetan refugees in exile and their experiences meeting with the exiled Tibetan leadership.
“Australia has recognized that there are real challenges for Tibetans in Tibet and there are threats to culture, education, language, and your Tibetan way of life,” stated MP Susan Templeman during their tour to Dharamshala. She admitted that their visit’s objectives are to “gain a deeper understanding of those issues” and “see what we can do as an Australian friend to be able to assist.”
A total of 20 lawmakers, including McCormack MP, a former deputy prime minister, and Hon. Shayne Neumann MP, chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade, attended the discussion.