It appears both Howard and Rudd will now meet the Dalai Lama. The wonder of people power pops up again. Politicians need to start listening to community concerns on human rights and Australia's reputation as a defender of the down trodden. The Howard approach to these issues has echoed the arrogant unilateralism of the Bush administration. Rudd cannot afford to make the same mistakes. Australia has to stand up to the major powers in asserting our core values when the fundamental rights of oppressed peoples such as the Tibetans are trampled.
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