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9december20094Tibet's spiritual and political leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has addressed Victorian politicians at a reception at parliament house, he spoke to more than 100 people on Wednesday in a private address organised by the informal group, Victorian MPs for Tibet.

In a speech that lasted more than 30 minutes, His Holiness promoted peace, harmony and secularism and urged Australian MPs to visit Tibet to test Chinese claims about Buddhist practices.

It was the Tibetan leader's only address at an Australian parliament during this visit. He spoke in a committee room and did not address the chamber. "I am here for the promotion of religious harmony,'' His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 74, said. "It is not political.''

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to 100 people, including 10 MPs, in a private address organised by the informal group Victorian MPs for Tibet.

In a speech that lasted more than 30 minutes, the Dalai Lama promoted peace, harmony and secularism and urged Australian MPs to visit Tibet to test Chinese claims about Buddhist practices and the Chinese government's transparency.

His Holines emphasized about the truth and trust, "trust with the outside world is essential,'' he said

Afterwards he was introduced to Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu, saying he always sides with the "minority'', to which Mr Baillieu replied: "We are the strongest but we are the minority''

Senator Bob Brown and Australian Conservation Foundation CEO, Don Henry both spoke about the importance of conservation and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message.

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