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Attacks will prove costly for Australia

world Updated: Feb 04, 2010 00:48 IST
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The series of attacks on Indians will take a toll on Australia’s education revenue with the latest government data on applications by overseas students suggesting negative impact on vocational colleges in the last three months.

While there was a 15 per cent drop in visa applications all over the educations sector, student visa applications for vocational education plummeted to 19,530, a drop of 38 per cent.

Indian faked attack

Australia on Wednesday criticised the Indian media and called for “some balance in reporting” after an Indian national who claimed to have been attacked was found to have accidentally set himself on fire while attempting to torch his car to falsely claim insurance.

Victoria state premier John Brumby and Australian High Commissioner in India Peter Varghese objected to the portrayal of the attacks against Indians as being racist and said it projected Australia in a negative light.

The comments came after police alleged that Jaspreet Singh, 29, who had January 8 claimed he was set alight by unknown assailants near his home, had accidentally burnt himself while setting fire to his car for an insurance claim.