His Holiness has spoken all week about the future of the environment, the world's rivers, melting glaciers, and the youth who will inherit this ailing planet. Today the new leader of the Liberal Party, Tony Abbott met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mr Abbott and His Holiness the Dalai Lama will hold a joint press conference after the meeting.
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has twice refused to meet with the exiled Tibetan leader, regardless of issues of human rights and world peace, but Mr Abbott has agreed to a public meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama this afternoon.
The Liberal leader's office today confirmed that Mr Abbott had read some of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's work and was excited to talk to him while he was in Sydney.
In October, the Greens stated that Rudd rejected a request to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his Australian visit.
South Australian Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, says Mr Rudd has met the Tibetan spiritual leader while he was leader of the opposition to John Howard, but has not met him as Prime Minister.
Ms Hanson-Young says the Dalai Lama is coming to Australia at the end of the year, and Mr Rudd should make himself available.
"It's extremely disappointing that the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has not been able to find some space in his schedule for December to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, "something that world leaders across the globe have done," she said.
Ms Hanson-Young says Mr Rudd has shied away from the meeting in order to avoid pressure from other countries.
"It's not appropriate for our Prime Minister or our government to choose who to meet with because we may get pressure from other countries or other world leaders," she said.