|Kevin Rudd is refusing to meet the Dalai Lama when he visits Australia later this year because he's too weak to stand up to China, the Australian Greens say.|
The prime minister this week confirmed he won't meet the exiled Tibetan leader in December.
"This will be the Dalai Lama's third visit to Australia in three years," the PM's office said on Friday.
"Last year the Dalai Lama was met by senior representatives of the government and that will also happen on this visit.
"The prime minister has met with the Dalai Lama in the past."
Their last meeting was in 2007 - when Mr Rudd was opposition leader.
Greens spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young says the government is kowtowing to Beijing.
"We need to see our prime minister actually sitting down with one of the world's most honoured advocates for human rights and justice," she said.
"Mr Rudd needs to be firm and strong enough to have a meeting with the Dalai Lama ... as two world leaders.
"The only understanding of this decision is his reluctance to upset the Chinese government."
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Australia's Kevin Rudd refuses to meet with Dalai Lama
I actually understand this stance better than Obama's because Rudd has his head stuck so far up China's ass he could clean tonsils with his tongue.