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President Report (2016-2017) - Cecilia Mitra
Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:20
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Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) President’s Report 2017

L-R: B. Ashen (VIC), B. Webster (NSW), C Mitra (WA), K. Dickson (WA), S Amoore (ACT), B. White (NSW)

I would like to start by thanking the following: -


2016/17 FABC Committee especially Mr Brian Ashen (VP), Mr Kevin Dickson (Secretary) and Mr Benjamin Webster (Treasurer);
The ASA especially Ajahn Brahm for his invaluable guidance and support;
Mr Dennis Sheppard, Coordinator of our Religious Marriage Celebrants;
Dr. Jake Mitra for IT & AV support and advice; and
Mrs Mohini Gunesekera, Bhante Sujato and Mr Stuart Amoore.


As incoming President, I had two broad objectives: -
1.    For FABC as peak body to be consulted on current social issues by government and media; and
2.    Access to Donations to be able to carry out our long term goals.

Vesak 2017 Celebrated at Federal Parliament House, Canberra

On 10 May 2017, Vesak was for the first time celebrated at Federal Parliament House in Canberra - a Joint Celebration by the Government, the ASA and the FABC.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:52
 
Donation to Rohingya Refugees
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:10
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Ajahn Brahm (Abbot, Bodhinyana Monastery, Perth) and members of the Perth Buddhist community were thanked by Ms Cecilia Mitra for donations raised to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:46
 
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils’s position on Same Sex Marriage
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:00
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In Buddhist traditions, there is no fixed or mandated form of marriage and from a Buddhist point of view there is no such thing as a single fixed, natural, or pre-ordained form of marriage and supports same sex marriage as long as it is between two consenting adults.

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils has been consistent in its position in support for Same Sex Marriage since 2012 :

Feb 2017
Senate Inquiry Submission
: The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils made a Senate Inquiry Submission in support of the Bill introducing Civil Marriage Equality in Australia.

Sep 2016
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils made a Statement opposing the Plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage

2013
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils endorsed its 2012 Statements on Marriage Equality.

2012
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils submitted a written submission in support of Marriage Equality. This was followed by a Parliamentary Consultation Statement in support of Marriage Equality.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:07
 
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