Aus MP calls for improvement in relations with India

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 08:37

Melbourne: An Australian Member of
Parliament has asked the country`s government to focus on
working on diplomatic relations with India.

Federal Labor MP Kelvin Thomson said it would be
"very unfortunate" if attacks on students damaged Australia`s
diplomatic ties with India, a newspaper reported.

"The diplomatic relationship is clearly something
that we all have to work on," he said adding "We have to work
on it; the Indians have to work on it.

Thomson said he had visited an Indian student who
had been knifed during a 2 am attack in his Melbourne
electorate of Wills.

The racial attacks are a source of great concern to
me and I`m sure to all Australians. It is a dreadful thing and
we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to
discourage those kind of attacks, he said.

The Indian students have been in a position of risk
doing late-night, low-paid jobs, Thomson said.

"That`s an unfortunate consequence of the way in
which they have been brought to Australia," he said, adding
private colleges and agents were ripping off the students.

Commenting on the situation, Liberal MP Stuart
Robert said Foreign Minister Stephen Smith needed to sit down
with the High Commissioner.

He urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to revisit
Australia`s ban on selling uranium to Indian, which is not a
signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

"Rudd`s foreign policy is over all the place with
India," he said citing that Canada has already selling uranium
to India while US was considering it.


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First Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 08:37

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