Australian Government Aware of India’s Attack Concerns
According to Australia's Immigration and Citizenship Minister, Chris Evans, the Australian government knows that India is really worried about the attacks on Indian students in Australia.
He told that the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has plans for visiting India by late 2009.
"I have been struck by the real and deep concern about the safety of your students in Australia. The Australian government is absolutely committed to supporting students to have a positive and fulfilling educational, social and cultural experience in Australia," Evans said in an address, "Australia and India: A people-based Partnership", at the Observer Research Foundation.
He accepted the fact that the Australia has developed a bad image in India due to the attacks that happened to the Indian students in their place.
"The Australian government recognises that student safety and possibility of racially targeted attacks are issues of very serious concern in our country," the minister said, adding "this situation cannot continue".
He added that the government has taken the required steps to deal with this situation.
Evans also mentioned that the trial of the 11 accused for six assaults and robberies is scheduled to start by July end. He added that these people will definitely face sentences with imprisonment ranging from two to 25 years.
After meeting Human Resources Development Minister, Kapil Sibal, Evans told the reporters that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit India this year.