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Aussies are not racist: Lee

The attacks on Indians Down Under are condemnable but the perception that Australia is a racist society is incorrect, asserted pacer Brett Lee.

world Updated: Feb 08, 2010 14:48 IST

The attacks on Indians Down Under are condemnable but the perception that Australia is a racist society is incorrect, asserted pacer Brett Lee.

Lee, an immensely popular figure in India having also acted in a Bollywood movie, said he was concerned by the way the Indian media was reporting on the attacks.

"I've been trying to explain to the Indian media that we're not a racist country," Lee was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

"The general chit-chat around the Indian public is fine, they love Australians coming to their country, but most of the problems seem to be driven through the Indian media," he added Lee reiterated that Indians were welcome in Australia.

"I tried to make it very clear over there that Australian people and our society, which is so multi-cultural, welcome Indian people with open arms. What has happened is terrible, no matter who's at fault," he said.