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Oz has taken steps to protect Indian students, says envoy

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 23:30 IST

In the wake of alleged racist attacks Down Under, the Australian High Commissioner to India today said the government there has taken several measures to provide security to Indian students.

High Commissioner John McCarthy, in a press conference with D Sridhar Babu, Andhra Pradesh Minister for NRI Affairs here, said Australian Government was concerned over the attacks on Indians and that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken the issue seriously.

"The Australian government is working closely with the state authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and instill confidence among overseas students," he said.

Notwithstanding the attacks on overseas students, Australia is a safe and secure country but there are places with high rate of crime, the High Commissioner said.

A high-level Australian delegation, which is currently on a visit to India, would come to Hyderabad tomorrow.

The delegation would interact with students and parents of students in Australia.

Welcoming the Australian delegation, Sridhar Babu said the state government would urge the Australian government to
consider providing health insurance to the Indian students.

The government is ready to bear the medical expenses of Sravan Kumar, student from Andhra Pradesh who was attacked
in Australia, if he took treatment in Hyderabad, he said.

The state government has already provided Rs 10 lakh for his treatment in Australia.