Australia reputation – crimes against Indians on the rise!

Australia has been a favourite destination of Indian students looking for higher education and more. The country has also been very welcoming to the youngsters from the sub continent and more than 90,000 Indian students study in Australia, today. For Australia, students bring in $12.6 billion a year and that is no small change and for the first time there’s a huge drop in student visa application from India and elsewhere all thanks to crime.

The crimes began slowly and went up to a high of 10 attacks in a single month. While the reasons for the attacks are being called as racist in India, the Australian authorities say they are not and are similar to other attacks on people travelling alone at night like in any city in the world.

The rise in attacks are also as India says – because Indians are seen as soft targets unlike in the UK and the US where as a people Indians are influential and rich.

Facts:

  • Crime against Indians are on the rise regardless of reasons
  • There is 46% drop in the number of students opting for Australia for studies.

What can be done to prevent Australia’s reputation from taking a further beating in India? What are the leaders doing for damage limitation?

The Indian Government has now after the latest incident of a student’s death from stabbing issued a travel advisory for its students studying in Australia. Australian authorities continue to state that they are a safe country and none of these crimes are racially motivated.

The fear is building up in India and mums interviewed are saying they are not gong to send their kids to Australia. Both governments are cautious and trying their best to not let things escalate further.

  • Even as Australia made an arrest yesterday yet another Indian got beaten up on a beach!

Australian government knows that Indian students are important but there is  a feeling in India that maybe the public there  are suspicious and even unhappy to share their country’s wealth with Indians. “What the Aussie government should do is educate people about Indians and make people understand that as a people Indians are not takers but givers”, say articles being published in India.

The Indian government should remind people that most Indians living in Australia have never been targeted on a racial basis and friendly ties with Australia is at its best stage. Assure people to not over react and maybe wait for arrests and convictions before calling all the attacks racial.

The problem with this situation is FEAR and what fear can do is, breed distrust and for now Australia’s “safe haven” tag and reputation is fast taking a beating in India and maybe a few arrests and convictions can reassure Indians wanting to live, study and work down under.

Australia needs to go on reputation management overdrive, no country would want to be called racial and this could very well undermine all the good ties being built-up by the two cricket-crazy countries.

  • Jasper

    Not much can done, would not worry about it. Australia can never assure the safety of anyone, like anywhere. It is best if they close applications to Indians under the age of 21. We do not have the resources to babysit. Only if the university provides room and board. They do not realise that you cannot walk through dark parks in ethnic neighbourhoods. They demand that must be able to go freely without fear anywhere. It is not a police state so will never happen. Women cannot walk in such places either, not like they are the only ones in danger in dark corners of dangerous neighbourhoods.

    I would not worry about international reputation, most governments know they have a corrupt and immature government. Only confirms it.

    Australia should just tell them not stick their beaks into our business. Afterall the young man killed was a migrant, he chose to live under Australian government, not Indian government. India has no right to interfere. That will worry governments globally they have over stepped the line.

  • Jasper

    Not much can done, would not worry about it. Australia can never assure the safety of anyone, like anywhere. It is best if they close applications to Indians under the age of 21. We do not have the resources to babysit. Only if the university provides room and board. They do not realise that you cannot walk through dark parks in ethnic neighbourhoods. They demand that must be able to go freely without fear anywhere. It is not a police state so will never happen. Women cannot walk in such places either, not like they are the only ones in danger in dark corners of dangerous neighbourhoods.

    I would not worry about international reputation, most governments know they have a corrupt and immature government. Only confirms it.

    Australia should just tell them not stick their beaks into our business. Afterall the young man killed was a migrant, he chose to live under Australian government, not Indian government. India has no right to interfere. That will worry governments globally they have over stepped the line.

  • Jasper

    Not much can done, would not worry about it. Australia can never assure the safety of anyone, like anywhere. It is best if they close applications to Indians under the age of 21. We do not have the resources to babysit. Only if the university provides room and board. They do not realise that you cannot walk through dark parks in ethnic neighbourhoods. They demand that must be able to go freely without fear anywhere. It is not a police state so will never happen. Women cannot walk in such places either, not like they are the only ones in danger in dark corners of dangerous neighbourhoods.

    I would not worry about international reputation, most governments know they have a corrupt and immature government. Only confirms it.

    Australia should just tell them not stick their beaks into our business. Afterall the young man killed was a migrant, he chose to live under Australian government, not Indian government. India has no right to interfere. That will worry governments globally they have over stepped the line.

  • Jasper

    Also many of thse education rorts were run by Indians so why does the Australian taxpayer have to fund there safety? Why don’t the dodgly Indian or otherwise education providers ensure their safety? They are the ones making money.

  • Jasper

    Also many of thse education rorts were run by Indians so why does the Australian taxpayer have to fund there safety? Why don’t the dodgly Indian or otherwise education providers ensure their safety? They are the ones making money.

  • arn

    to jasper

    you fool! don’t you know that education sector is the third largest industry in australia in terms of revenue? that is why the australian authorities are running around claiming they would do evrything to curb this violence. otherwise they would have not even thought of spending your precious taxpayers monney. australia need this money to keep its living standards high. you can’t eat the cake and have it too. I reports of fear of drop in the number of indian students raising panic among australian officials is itself proof of this. please check the facts fool.

  • arn

    to jasper

    you fool! don’t you know that education sector is the third largest industry in australia in terms of revenue? that is why the australian authorities are running around claiming they would do evrything to curb this violence. otherwise they would have not even thought of spending your precious taxpayers monney. australia need this money to keep its living standards high. you can’t eat the cake and have it too. I reports of fear of drop in the number of indian students raising panic among australian officials is itself proof of this. please check the facts fool.