Vesak Message from the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MHR
Saturday, 25 May 2013 22:04
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Message from the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MHR

I am pleased to offer my best wishes to the Australian Buddhist community as you celebrate Vesak this year.

Vesak is an important celebration for Buddhists around the world, commemorating the birth, life and enlightenment of Buddha Sakyamuni. In Australia, it is also a chance for the broader community to learn more about Buddhism and to celebrate the contribution Australian Buddhists have made to our country.

Religious faith is an important element in our society. For many, it provides meaning, purpose and inspiration to their daily lives. Our democracy rests on an understanding that every individual counts; and our social solidarity on the understanding that we should treat others as we would have them treat us.

I hope all members of the Australian Buddhist community enjoy the Vesak celebrations this year.

Yours sincerely

24 May 2013

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 22:15
Marriage Equality 2013
Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
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With the passing of Marriage Equality laws in New Zealand in April 2013, and with general elections coming up here in September, the push for Marriage Equality in Australia has become a current issue again. Many of the arguments against marriage equality are similar to the arguments that were used in 1893 against the push for the right of women to vote. New Zealand was of course the first country in the world to allow women to vote. Australia would do well to follow New Zealand once again.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 12:29
Violence in Burma
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:39
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The FABC and the Australian Sangha Association have written to the Burmese ambassador regarding our deep concern about the violence in Burma last month. In particular we are alarmed by reports that in some instances the violence may have been instigated and/or supported by some Buddhist monks.

The text of the joint letter read as follows:

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 16:05
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