Dalai Lama and the Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions Dec 3 - Dec 6 The 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). It opens the evening of Wednesday December 3 and closes the evening of Wednesday December 9, when the Dalai Lama will deliver an address. THE 2009 PARLIAMENT / Welcome to Melbourne | Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions 10,000 people are expected to attend the event. This is a great opportunity to gather signatures for the petition supporting Senator Xenophon's request for, and to build contacts with Australian religious leaders and opinion makers. Emmanual Foundas, org president in Melbourne. and the "Reverend" Bob Adams are speaking on "The Spiritual Tradition of Scientology" on Sunday, Dec 6. https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/_includes/files/program/schedule/Sunday_1109.pdf Here's the "Reverend" Adams bio: It would be useful to have a mole at the talk to report back. There are Australian participants on some of the panels who could be usefully harpooned to educate them and encourage them to support a parliamentary inquiry into the cult. I have pulled out relevant detail with names of people who would be worthwhile contacting. Fri Dec 4: PROGRAM / Friday, 4 Dec | Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions Comment: The Rev Tim Costello is the most eminent Australian Christian to speak at the event. Former President of the Baptist Union of Australia , he was awarded the Australian Peace Prize in 2008. Friday evening is also Communities Night and attendees will be out and about at functions at various churches, mosques, etc. Sun Dec 6: PROGRAM / Sunday, 6 Dec | Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions Comment: These people need to be harpooned about the Volunteer Ministers. See scilon Linda Weiland's PR piece: Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide Disaster Relief During Melbourne Fires World Sentinel | Scientology Volunteer Ministers Provide Disaster Relief During Melbourne Fires Comment: These could usefully be harpooned about scilon inflitration and manipulation of inter-faith alliances. See for example the Portland OR, pre-Parliament event. Check the left-hand sidebar: Pre-Parliament Event: Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA, USA Mon Dec 7: PROGRAM / Monday, 7 Dec | Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions Comment: Harpoons for Drug Free Ambasadors, Way To Happiness, Applied Scholastics, Youth for Human Rights. Comments: We need to harpoon religious writers to get them to start writing. Youth Plenary - just who we need to recruit for Anon. Wed Dec 9: PROGRAM / Wednesday, 9 Dec | Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions Comment: This looks like an important group to harpoon since the are described as "top-flight writers." So far, no one in the Australian religious media has commented on Sen Xenophon's speech and call for a Parliamentary inquiry. The presence of the Dalai Lama closing the event Wednesday evening is sure to draw a large crowd.