Chennai: Describing attacks on Indian
students in his country as a distressing issue, Australian
High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese today stressed the
need for rebuilding the education relationship between the two
"It (the attacks) has been a distressing issue for
Australia. We are dealing with a complicated issue of law and
order... we should re-build our education relationship, which
could serve the Indian students and also further improve the
bilateral relations between both the countries", he said at
the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce`s 20th annual day.
He said there were about one lakh India students studying
in Australia and their primary intention was to work rather
than studying due to financial pressure.
More than 60,000 of them had taken educational loan.
Hence the intention of most of the students was to work and
they take up part-time late night jobs, which was risky, he
On the trade aspects between the countries, he said last
year the trade growth was about 55 per cent. Once the Free
Trade Agreement was finalised, the volume would increase
further, he said.
Earlier, Varghese called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi at the Secretariat and discussed about improving
economic ties between the state and Australia, an official
release said here.
Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, he said
Australia was taking firm steps to end attacks on Indian