Protests against President Hu's visit were more muted than expected. Pro-Tibet supporters held small demonstrations yesterday in Sydney, Melbourne and outside parliament in Canberra as Mr Hu gave his address to MPs. Waving Tibetan flags and placards, they called for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and demanded that Tibetans be allowed self-determination. A full-page advertisement placed in The Australian newspaper by the Australia Tibet Council called on President Hu to 'engage in a substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives about Tibet's future'. But even that was notable for its politeness. 'We welcome you to Australia and wish you a successful and pleasant visit,' the advertisement read. The chairwoman of the Australia Tibet Council, Gaby Naher, said the lack of advance information on President Hu's itinerary had made it hard to plan protests. She said placing the A$40,000 (HK$217,600) newspaper advert was a deliberate change of tactic compared with past pro-Tibet campaigns. 'We were worried that it was too soft but it has paid off because we got a lot of coverage in the media,' Ms Naher said. 'It's something that President Hu can't fail to notice because it is on page five of Australia's only national newspaper.' She criticised the emphasis placed on trade and economic development during President Hu's visit. 'It's sickening. Human rights abuses are happening all the time and all we can think about is our own wealth enhancement,' Ms Naher said. A protest by Falun Gong supporters on Sydney's Bondi Beach on Thursday was smaller than anticipated and attracted little media attention. President Hu's address was boycotted by a small number of MPs, including independent legislator Brian Harradine, who called the Chinese leader 'a dictator'. Senator Harradine, from Tasmania, said China was a country in which there was no democracy and gross violations of human rights. Two Greens MPs who had heckled US President George W. Bush on Thursday were refused entry to hear President Hu's address. Senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle were suspended from entering parliament for 24 hours as a result of their outbursts. Another Greens MP, Michael Organ, who was allowed to enter the chamber, wore a Tibetan flag on his lapel and an armband on behalf of political prisoners in China. 'President Hu will get the message,' he said. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer defended the government's decision not to raise human rights with President Hu, saying the issues had been discussed many times in the past. 'We've raised them at all sorts of levels in many different kinds of ways,' Mr Downer said.