On December 12, MP Doring met with two Federal leaders, Senator Larissa Waters (QLD) and Max Chandler-Mather, (Federal Member for Griffith) accompanied by Representative Karma Singey and Brisbane-based political leaders. During the meeting, the federal leaders were urged to make a statement or hold a policy to recognize His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation process as the exclusive right of the Tibetan people and not of the Chinese government. Matters were also raised as to the need for enacting the Reciprocal Access to Tibet law in Australia and availing the Magnitsky Act to put pressure on China to act on the human rights situation inside Tibet as a follow-up to the Tibet Lobby initiative in late November stirred by Australia Tibet Council at Australia Federal Parliament in Canberra.
The Tibetan parliamentarian who is based in Brisbane, also met with two of the Brisbane City councillors, Councillor Vicky Howard (Central Ward) and Councillor Jonathan Sri The Gabba Ward along with Representative Karma Singey as a courtesy call to express gratitude for the constant support to the Queensland Tibetan community in Brisbane. The leaders were also introduced to the Tibetan polity in exile and the parliamentary system in particular.
The leaders were presented with Khatak (traditional and ceremonial white scarfs) and presented with the book of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “LIGHTING THE PATH”, which the leaders joyfully accepted and took photos with the two of the Tibetan dignitaries.