Son-in-law’s racism tales gets Oz PM worried

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 11:32

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd has said that he was worried over the stories his Asian
son-in-law has told him about racism in this country but
assured the foreign students, including Indians, that his
government was working hard to improve their safety.

"My son-in-law`s Chinese, from Hong Kong, I hear
stories from him from time to time which make me really
worried about what might be going on out there," Rudd told ABC
Television last night.

"But his overall story is that he`s completely
accepted and part of the Australian family," Rudd said.
According to Sky news TV channel, the experiences of
Albert Tse, a Hong Kong-born banker who is married to Rudd`s
daughter Jessica, were brought up during a question and answer
forum with young people in Canberra last night.

In the TV show with young students, an Indian student
also told the audience of his experiences of racism.
During the forum at Canberra`s Old Parliament House,
Rudd said the federal and Victorian governments are working to
improve the safety of foreign students who work late at night.

On the issue of race relations, he said Australians
needed to keep "a weather eye" on racist incidents. "This
country, Australia, is and shall be a tolerant country."

"We have a combined responsibility: politicians of
all sides, community leaders, young people, old people."

Tse married Rudd`s eldest child in 2007 and appeared
with the Rudd family on the podium when Labor won the election
later that year.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 11:32

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