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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Majority want Rudd to intervene in Tibet

April 8, 2008

The Age
April 7, 2008

Almost three quarters of Australians want Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to
take a lead in bringing a lasting solution to the conflict over Tibet, a
new poll shows.

A Galaxy poll conducted for progressive lobby group GetUp shows 71 per
cent of the 1,100 people surveyed want Mr Rudd to use "his standing with
the Chinese government to attempt to broker a lasting solution to the
Tibet conflict".

GetUp executive director Brett Solomon called on Mr Rudd to pay careful
attention to the poll result.

"The prime minister should be in no doubt as he heads into his meetings
with the Chinese leaders of the deep resonance of this issue within the
broader community," Mr Solomon said in a statement.

"He clearly has the backing of his domestic constituency."

Mr Solomon said Mr Rudd's background as a China expert put him in a rare
position to take a leading role in negotiations.

"Mr Rudd is the best placed world leader to stand up for Tibet and the
Australian community are rising to meet that opportunity by sending him
to Beijing with an unflinching mandate to boldly do so."
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