[First posted 12:38pm 12 June 2007]
At the time of this post the Dalai Lama, Tibetian in exile and spirtual leader of the Budist faith, would be about half way though his speech at the National Press Club, and although many will flock to hear his words it appears the Chief Minister will not be among them either today or later in private. Kevin Rudd has said he will meet with the Dalai Lama after Howard said he would check his diary (I’ve been on the receiving end of that – it’s a no).
Although a great man, I am worried thath the whole Dalai Lama thing is becoming more like a rock tour than about the message. If you doubt me have a look at the tour itinerary on his Australian Tour Webpage.
UPDATED – Wild Bill makes his views on Stanhopes no show here.
FURTHER UPDATED – And what is Christian Kerr of Crikey.com.au‘s opinion?; “Bad karma. ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope is our most infantile leftist leader – Terry Hicks as Father of the Year, anyone? – yet yesterday he declined to meet the Dalai Lama when the holy man of the Himalayas visited Canberra. A spokesthing for the head honcho of a pissant parliament declared he was “too busy”. Perhaps he was following up on his recent trade mission to China.”