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Brumby again criticises Indian media

Strongly criticising Indian media for blowing up the racism issue, Victorian premier John Brumby on Thursday asked people to wait for facts about the assaults before crying racism.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2010 10:12 IST

Strongly criticising Indian media for blowing up the racism issue, Victorian premier John Brumby on Thursday asked people to wait for facts about the assaults before crying racism.

Brumby condemned the Indian media and certain sections of Australian media for stirring up the racism issue that does not exist, an AAP report said.

"We condemn in the strongest terms any racist attacks," he said.

"But I am not going to stand by and see Victoria's standing internationally diminished by what are inaccurate and unbalanced reporting and comment in India", he said.

Brumby said people should wait for the facts about assaults before crying racism.

Brumby further claimed that the story in the daily 'The Age' that said that Indian High commissioner Sujatha Singh complained over the attacks issue to Governor General Quentin Bryce in Sydney was "unattributed" and "entirely unsubstantiated".

"Our Indian population is under represented in terms of assaults," he said and added "We have a very large Indian and Sri Lankan population, they are nearly 7 per cent of our population and on average if you have 14 crimes that occur every week one will effect that community.

But that doesn't mean that they are being targeted or it's racially motivated.