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Attacks on Indian students unfortunate, says Steve Waugh

Terming the attacks on Indian students as "unfortunate", former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh said his countrymen too were disappointed over the recent spate of violence. "We as Australians are very disappointed with what has happened. We do not expect that to be happening in our country," Waugh said.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2009 19:38 IST

Terming the attacks on Indian students as "unfortunate", former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh today said his countrymen too were disappointed over the recent spate of violence.

"We as Australians are very disappointed with what has happened. We do not expect that to be happening in our country," Waugh told reporters in New Delhi.

"The situation is now very much stable. It is pretty unfortunate. I do not like to see and no Australian would like to see that happening. I myself is a parent. Safety of your children is most important to you. So I can understand why the emotion is running high," he said.

14 Indian students have been victims of racial attacks in Australia during the past one month.

Waugh also expressed satisfaction over the efforts taken by the Australian government. "I think they (Australia) are doing their bit. I have not crossed check what exactly they are doing. But I am sure they will be doing their best as they possibly can," he said.

"We will try and make sure that it does not happen again because Australia is a multicultural and multiracial country. We have lots of people from different country and all of them live and work together happily," Waugh said.

The cricketer, who runs 'Steve Waugh Foundation', a voluntary organisation for helping children who are in desperate circumstances, was talking to reporters after a meeting with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at his North Block office here.

"He (Chidambaram) was really interested to know about my charity...I have some plans for my charity. We shall let you people know hopefully in the next few days," he said, adding "we shall make a big announcement explaining my charity works on a big scale."