The Indian students in Australia might have bore the brunt of several attacks in recent times, experts in the country feel that such assaults were not 'race based' and there was no sign of surge in organised racist groups.
Sydney-based Jeremy Jones, an expert on racial attacks, said that though "racists are everywhere", there was no sign of surge in organised racist groups in the country.
Jones, according to The Australian, said that overall, Australia was "pretty close to world's best practice in inter-communal relations.
"My recent experience is that those responsible are most likely to be idiotic thugs," he said.
Jones, a former executive president of the Australian Council of Jewry, said, "Then racist groups, who are generally not able to organise the purchase of a pizza, jump aboard and claim credit."
Police Commander Trevor Carter, whose division covers Melbourne's West, the national hostspot for attacks, said over the past six or seven years, there had been a jump in the number of international students, mainly from India, in and around the inner-western suburbs.
He said, in 2006-07, police had seen rise in robberies and assaults in the general community and Indians were also among the victims.