Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Rudd’


February 9th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »


Despite various denials, Australia on Monday acknowledged that some of the recent violence against the Indian students there  had clearly been racially motivated and vowed to punish the guilty as stipulated in the provisions of law.

Stating that the attacks had considerably damaged the nation’s reputation, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told the Parliament that “if any of these attacks have been racist in nature – and it seems clear that some of them have – they will be punished with the full force of law”.

Smith said the attacks which have included robberies and beatings are “inexcusable” and were being taken very seriously by the government.

In a childish advice, the Victorian Police Simon Overland told International students  not to display their valuable watches, hide their ipods and not to display their valuable jewellery. The Indian government as well as the Indian public has critically reacted to this comical advice. Gautam Gupta, the spokesperson for the Federation of Indian students in Australia has ridiculed this advice and has stated that Indians don’t need to look poor for their own security. I wonder how would Overland like to dress himself if he visits India? (more…)


January 3rd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   4 Comments »

A 21-year-old Indian youth with permanent residency in Australia was fatally stabbed in the abdomen by unidentified assailants in Melbourne on Sunday while on his way to work, the first death in a series of vicious attacks on the members of Indian community.

Nitin Garg was stabbed to death in Melbourne on Saturday. As per TV news reports, he was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he  died later.

He was a part time employee in Hungry Jack’s restaurant.  Garg, had migrated from Punjab and was attacked in a park while he was walking towards the restaurant.

He staggered for nearly 300 meters into the restaurant on the corner of Somerville Road and Geelong Road, West Footscray, about 10 pm local time last night and pleaded for help before collapsing. (more…)


December 9th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Political   No Comments »

In yet another attack on Indian students in Australia, a 23-year-old youth, a taxi driver, was stabbed in the chest by unidentified assailants in Melbourne on Wednesday, reports Age. The student, who is also a taxi driver, was attacked and left to bleed on a Brunswick West street, police said.

The name of the victim has not so far been revealed by the press. (more…)


November 20th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   1 Comment »

Mr. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, had visited India last week and had discusions with Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh regarding the attacks on Indian students in Australia. Kevin Rudd assured that the attackers would be severely dealt with according to the law of the land and nobody would be spared.

The Ministry of External Affairs press notification released Rudd’s statement – “The attacks on foreign students studying in Australia ‘as our guests’ would not be tolerated, Rudd asserted, adding they would be dealt with by the full force of the Australian law enforcement and criminal justice systems”. (more…)


November 15th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is on a visit to India, on Thursday discussed with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister the racial attacks on Indian nationals in his country.

Rudd assured the Prime Minister that his government was committed to stopping the attacks on Indian nationals in his country but authorities could not totally rule out such incidents in future. (more…)


September 16th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   1 Comment »

After a month or two of peace in Australia, Mukhtiar Singh and his two nephews  were brutally beaten up by a group of 80 people including women in Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Epping. The three were heckled as they played pool on Saturday and then attacked with bottles in a car park when they decided to leave. They wanted to avoid the confrontation, but the mob  started beating them.

Weeks after the External Affairs Minister SM Krishna visited Australia for an assurance that the government would do all it can to safeguard Indian students and other Indians residing there, things have not changed. (more…)


August 9th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »

External Affairs Minister, S.M.Krishna, who is on a five day visit to Australia to obtain first hand, the information regarding the attacks on Indian students in Australia, had met PM Kevin Rudd and other officials at the highest levels.

The Indian delegation’s pressure on Australia is now yielding results. Australia, in dire need to protect its’ billion dollars education industry, has announced changes in the courses as well as the roles played by the immigration agents there.

His comments came as reports in Australia said a number of migration and education agents were “duping” foreign students, including Indians, in Australia and were also offering “fake” work experience certificates. (more…)