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
Vesak Message from PM Julia Gillard
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:27
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PM Julia Gillard

It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Vesak across Australia this year.

Vesak is of global importance to the Buddhist community as it gathers to commemorate Gautama Buddha and contemplate his message of compassion and goodwill.

This occasion also offers a time for reflection and the opportunity for all to learn from the teachings of equality, respect and understanding that are such a rich part of Buddhism.

The world is increasingly interdependent and complex, and we are more connected to one another than at any point in history.  It is increasingly important that tolerance, non-violence and diligence – Buddhist values – are demonstrated in all of our relationships within local and global communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 13:36
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