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Indian envoy to meet Victorian Premier this week

Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh is set to meet Victoria Premier John Brumby this weekend on the issue of continuing attacks on Indians, days after she told the Australian Governor General that the state's government was "in denial".

world Updated: Feb 06, 2010 14:37 IST

Indian High Commissioner Sujatha Singh is set to meet Victoria Premier John Brumby this weekend on the issue of continuing attacks on Indians, days after she told the Australian Governor General that the state's government was "in denial".

Brumby had sought a meeting with Singh following her discussion of the crisis with Governor General Quentin Bryce last week, and the meeting will take place during the weekend, sources said without giving further details.

Singh, who is scheduled to arrive here today to meet the premier, had in her meeting with Bryce last week reportedly applauded the role of police in NSW, Queensland and South Australia, but said Victoria was taking too long to respond and was in a state of "denial" over the severity of attacks. The move prompted state's premier Brumby to say he wanted to meet her again. Brumby said he would again seek a meeting with her to assure that his government was doing all it could to stop the attacks.

The two had met last month and discussed the same issue. There have been over 100 instances of attacks on Indians, most of them students, in Australia since the last year.

"I'll be able to inform her of all of these things and again to reassure her that Victoria is a much safer place than other places in Australia and indeed around the world," Brumby had said.