Member for Fisher and Deputy Speaker Peter Slipper has co-hosted
a visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Parliament House in
Mr Slipper is co-convenor of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, which includes Labor MP Michael Danby MP, Greens Senator Bob Brown and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.
“This has been a great opportunity with over ninety Members and Senators to meet the Dalai Lama and listen to his message of tolerance and respect,” Mr Slipper said.
“People of all faiths and backgrounds can learn from someone who has undergone the challenges of dispossession, persecution and suffering that he has, yet is still able to maintain a happy and positive outlook on life.”
Mr Slipper greeted His Holiness at Parliament House and guided him through the House to the various meetings and events including private meetings with the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Tony Abbott MP, the Leader of the National Party the Hon Warren Truss MP and the Leader of the Greens, Senator Bob Brown and a Media conference with the Canberra press gallery. It was a pity the Prime Minister did not meet with His Holiness.
They also attended a religious leaders prayer event held in the Main Committee room with 300 attendees, co-hosted an intimate luncheon with the members of the Australian Parliamentary Group for Tibet and sat on the panel for a formal reception with members of Parliament, Senators and Diplomatic Corps.
Mr Slipper then guided His Holiness to the House of Representatives Chamber where he was formally recognised by the Speaker of the Parliament.
It was a moving moment when all of the Members of Parliament looked up to acknowledge His Holiness in the gallery.