Tuesday the 9th of August 2016 is Census night in Australia. The Census provides a snapshot of the nation at that point in time. It collects vital information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of everyone in Australia.
It is important for all Buddhists that we tick the right box under religious affiliation rather than the “no religion” box. The benefits we receive from the government in terms of funding etc. will ultimately depend on our numbers. If we can still continue as the largest minority religion, we will be more likely to be heard by the government. The website to go to for details is as follows;
www.census.abs.gov.au and the phone number to call is 1300 214 531 (toll free).
Please see below for a link to how-to videos in languages such as English, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese:
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. “