24 September 2009

Australian student visa holders safe says Brumby

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The Victorian Premier John Brumby has said that the state is safe for overseas students. The statement comes after attacks threatened to dent the billion dollar overseas education industry which sees thousands of international students study in Australia.

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Victorian Premier John Brumby has said overseas students are safe to study in Australia.

“There are issues that arise from time to time and we take those seriously,” Brumby told students at St Stephen’s College of Delhi University today.

“I can assure you that my government and the Victorian community take seriously the trust placed in us by Indian parents.”

Brumby’s visit is part of efforts by the Australian Government to promote the country as a safe place for Indians. Earlier this year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, travelled to India for talks and to reassure the public that those who want to study in Australia will be safe. 

Victoria plans to pass a law against hate crimes and spend more money on policing, sending a signal to the community that racism won't be tolerates, Brumby said.

India nationals make up 19 per cent of all foreign students studying in Australia, second only to China, and around half of these students study in Victoria.


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