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Western Australia

Buddhist Council of
Western Australia

The BCWA was formed in 1995 to serve as a peak body to represent the Buddhist community at government level and national levels... website

South Australia

Buddhist Council of
South Australia

The BCSA was incorporated on the 25th October 2005 to serve as the representative organisation for Buddhist temples, groups and organisations in South Australia... website

Queensland

Buddhist Council of
Queensland

The BCQ, which was created in 1999, has brought a large number of Buddhist centres and societies together, for their common benefit... website

New South Wales

Buddhist Council of
New South Wales

On the instigation of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, a meeting was held in 1984 in Sydney to establish a regional branch and thus form the Buddhist Council of NSW... website

Victoria

Buddhist Council
of Victoria

The Buddhist Council of Victoria, formed in 1995, is an actively engaged body representing the needs of Buddhists to all levels of government in the state of Victoria... website

Phasing out of Greyhound Racing in NSW
Monday, 18 July 2016 17:13

Almost 22,000 people have voted in a poll asking whether there should be an Australia-wide ban on greyhound racing, with 82 per cent in favour of completely shutting down the industry.

Lateline (an ABC TV current affairs program) ran the Facebook poll asking about a nationwide ban, after New South Wales and the ACT moved to end the sport in 2017.

The decision to ban greyhound racing comes after a special commission report into the practice found horrific evidence of animal cruelty, mass killings of greyhounds and the live baiting of animals like possums, piglets and rabbits.

Australia is one of only eight countries in the world where commercial greyhound racing is still legal.

 
Perth Mosque Arson Attack: Statement
Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:31

Statement by the Buddhist Council of WA on 30 June 2016:

“The management committee of the Buddhist Council of WA are dismayed at the act of hatred against the Muslim community of Thornlie yesterday night.

Grievances should be aired frankly in our democratic society so that real or perceived threats and inequalities can be resolved with the best outcomes for all sides.

Violence is not the Australian way. Speaking at the right time in a straight-forward and upright way is the Buddhist way to conflict resolution. All Australians have a role in neutralising terrorism in all its forms here and abroad. “

 
Meetings with Politicians
Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:10

Dr Jake Mitra, president of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) was invited to Kirribilli House on 16 June 2016 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It was the first time an Australian PM hosted an iftar Ramadan dinner at the PM's Official Residence. The other Buddhist representative at the event was the Zen priest Watanabe of Sydney. Jake Mitra who opted for a dinner of fish and vegetables invited PM Turnbull to be the first PM to visit an Australian Buddhist temple. While in Sydney Jake Mitra also met up with Asst Minister of Multicultural Interests Craig Laundy. Our Hon. Sec. and Past President Mr Kim Hollow met with Labour Sen Claire Moore in Brisbane on 25 Jun 2015.