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India trip was fruitful, says Victorian Premier

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 10:46

Melbourne: Victorian premier John Brumby Tuesday said his recent India trip was fruitful and he "certainly got the message out that the state government was taking concrete action" to prevent any violence against the Indian community in Australia.

Brumby said he was able to assure Indian authorities that his government was doing all it could to curb attacks on young Indians.

"I visited a number of educational establishments, I spoke at a number of business gatherings and I think I certainly got the message out that we are taking concrete
action in Victoria," he was quoted by an AAP report.
"(We have) more police, a bigger police budget, stronger powers, plus a student support package to support overseas students who study in our state," he who was quoted as saying by ABC radio.

Brumby said "Having just spent eight days in India, there are certainly those in India whose concerns have been raised about events in Melbourne over the last few months.

"But for every one person you would meet there who would raise a concern, there would be another two who would say that they know students, or know family, or know friends, who are in Melbourne and believe it to be one of the safest cities anywhere in the world and they are 100 per cent satisfied with the educational experience that they have got," he said.

Brumby said though there could be drop in Indian student enrolments in Australia, it would be largely restricted to private-run courses.

"You always see a variation from year to year. We have seen very strong growth in recent years. I don`t think you`ll see big differences at the university level. I think you will
see some significant change in the private-run courses. And the issue there of course is some of the private providers have been audited," he said.

"The federal government is also reviewing some of the visa and migration agent arrangements. You also have a global financial crisis so you will see some differences and some changes," he said.
"But nevertheless we are determined to get this right. We are determined to make sure the system works properly. That is, the courses that are offered are good courses, are
high-quality courses offering value for money," Brumby said.

Citing examples of Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Edinburgh and other cities in the US and the UK, Brumby said "there is an increasing concern around the world in the last 12 to 18 months of what appears to be a trend towards more aggressive behaviour by people, particularly young males".

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 10:46
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