Congress on Monday took a dig at the claim of a senior Australian police official that the country is safe for Indians, saying his definition on safety needs to be reconsidered.
"His definition of safety needs to be reconsidered," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here in reply to a question.
Simon Overland, Victoria's Police Chief Commissioner, said Indians were far more safer in Australia than in their own country.
Singhvi said Indians in Australia or Australians in India would not feel safe if such incidents (of violence) continue, asserting that the Australian government was duty bound to protect those living there.
To a query about the reported advice of the MEA to the media to observe restraint while reporting such incidents, Singhvi said this had to be seen in the context of not sensationalising it.
"When an incident happens, we have a right to comment and analyse it," he said.
To another question on Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, who has been in controversy recently, Singhvi said "after the clarification, the matter stands closed".
Asked which matter has been closed as Tharoor has also made controversial remarks on Twitter, too, Singhvi merely said "the issue is closed for the time being".