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Condolences on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Monday, 17 October 2016 20:51
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17 October 2016

His Excellency Mr Chirachai Punkrasin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Royal Thai Embassy
111 Empire circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

Dear Ambassador,

Please accept the sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of King Bhumibol from all member groups and members of The Federation of Buddhist Councils of Australia.

His Majesty King Bhumibol was a great leader of Thailand and the Thai people for seven decades, and used his compassion and wisdom and great leadership skills combined with Buddhist principles to guide the Nation through many challenges. He will surely be deeply missed.

We fellow Buddhists from all traditions in Australia, have deep faith that these guiding principles of Buddha’s teachings will endure and continue to light the way of the future for His Majesty’s successor.

As you know, there are strong links between people of all faiths in both our countries, but especially within the Buddhist communities, and ethnic Thai communities living in Australia, where exist many long and deep ties which will continue always.

May the memory of the excellent qualities of His Majesty warm our hearts into the future.

Yours faithfully,


Cecilia Mitra (LLB Singapore, LLM UWA)

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Inc.
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Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 21:31
Statement on the Proposed Plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage (SSM)
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 21:51
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The FABC does not support the Proposed Plebiscite on SSM.

The Federal Parliament already has the Constitutional mandate to legalise SSM as per the 2013 High Court Decision of The Commonwealth of Australia v The Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA 55. Hence a plebiscite is not necessary.

The FABC’s position is that marriage between two consenting adults is a basic human right.

The FABC is of the view that holding a plebiscite on SSM will bring more pain and suffering to the LGBTI community based on a similar experience in the Republic of Ireland. Holding a plebiscite on SSM would be providing a platform for the incitement of more discrimination against the LGBTI community.

For the reasons stated above, it would be according to the teachings of the Buddha that such a plebiscite would be unethical.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:12
Statement on section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act
Friday, 16 September 2016 21:19
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The FABC does not support Senator Cori Bernardi’s proposal to amend section18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.

18c relates only to race and not religion and should not be watered down to remove the words “insult or offend”. One has no choice in the color of his/her skin, race, ethnicity or origin and should be protected by the law against harmful or hurtful speech and not merely hate speech that is directed to race.

We are the view that section18c in its original form is a good law and should remain unamended. Whilst it prevents bigotry against race (something a person cannot change), it protects freedom of speech against unacceptable religious practices.

Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
(1)  It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:
(a)  the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and
(b)  the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group.

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