EVERYDAY WE read about so many heart rending cases of racial attacks on Indians in Australia; however it is difficult to say whether

the Australian government is taking it seriously or not. A recent example is the death of an Indian MBA student named Nitin Garg, which left the whole country shocked and shaken. According to the reports, the Victorian government is taking these cases not as acts of racial discrimination but as ordinary criminal activities which take place all over the world. Another example is of Sravan Kumar Teerthala who was hit with petrol bottles by some unidentified teens while he was reading a book in his house at Melbourne. Baljinder Singh, another student from India studying in Melbourne, was robbed and stabbed in his abdomen. Both the students are still struggling for their lives in hospitals. There can be several reasons for such distressing and shameful activities. It can not be denied that IT, KPO and BPO employees have taken away some jobs from the Australians as they possess all the skills required for the job. So, this can be one of the main reasons for the attack on Indians. There are other Indians who are working with multinational firms situated in Australia, Germany, USA, UK etc who might have also faced several attacks of racial discrimination. But many cases go unreported and do not come into limelight. Indian students do not go to other countries to get involved in criminal activities or fights but for completing their education or for employment. It has been observed that the Australian police a have callous and cold attitude towards Indians and they did not act till the matter had blown out of proportion. According to Forbes; about US$ 13 billion is spent by Indian students abroad annually. Australia alone has a US$ 15.5 billion business with foreign students and as many as one lakh Indian students study in Australian at present. After hearing about such incidents, students of different universities have come together and are protesting all around the country. It’s high time now that the Indian government takes some serious steps in order to stop such disgraceful activities. Media is covering all the incidents that are happening with Indian students in Australia but there is a need for the Indian prime minister to discuss indepth with the Australian ministers about the reasons behind these criminal activities.

Ms Velagapudi (the Complainant) was an Indian migrant, and is an Australian citizen. She alleged that Ms Spooner, a co-worker at Symbion Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd ( formerly Faulding HealthCare Pty Ltd), called her a ”lazy, black, Indian bitch”, which caused her to be distressed and humiliated, because all the warehouse employees knew about it. She complained to the management who ordered an apology and also issued a warning that dismissal would follow any repetition of the remark. Ms Velagapudi was dissatisfied, because she believed that the apology was not genuine, and she therefore refused to accept it. She was of the view that Ms Spooner’s employment should have been terminated. She also claimed that, following her complaint, she was victimised by other employees, particularly by her new supervisor who was appointed after her complaint was made and who was Ms Spooner’s boyfriend. Ms Velagapudi complained to the New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT), claiming race discrimination and victimisation. The ADT found that:
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Ms Spooner’s remark constituted race discrimination under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977; Symbion Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd (the Respondent) did not take all reasonable steps to properly investigate and resolve Ms Velagapudi’s complaint, notably a lack of awareness of the impact of the remark on the Complainant; The content of the apology and the manner of its delivery were less than satisfactory; The awareness of Ms Spooner’s boyfriend as the Complainant’s supervisor, subsequent to the complaint showed “insensitivity and lack of awareness” by management; A suggestion by a manager that the Complainant attempt “to make a friendship with Ms Spooner and (her boyfriend, the new supervisor) was considered inappropriate; and There was insufficient evidence of a causal link between the alleged victimisation and the complaint of discrimination.

Symbion was ordered to pay $5,000 for the racist remark and $10,000 for its “inappropriate and unreasonable” handling of the complaint, demonstrating that

employers can be liable for significant financial penalties for poor handling of complaints. Published Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:06 Copyright © 1995 to 2010, James Cook University. All rights reserved. ABN 46253211955

Australia’s international education sector is the country’s third largest export earner, behind coal and iron ore, totalling 13 billion Australian dollars in 2007-08. Over the years, Australia has attracted millions of Indians for higher education and occupation, and has been one of the most sought-after destinations for Indians. Enrolments of Indian students in Australia have increased at an average annual rate of around 41 per cent since 2002. There were over 97,035 Indian enrolments in Australia in 2008. But, attacks on Indian students in Melbourne have undermined a public relations blitz to defend Australia’s reputation as a safe place to study. The latest incidents will add to the Federal Government’s fears that the spate of attacks is jeopardising Australia’s lucrative international education market, estimated at $15 billion a year, with about $2 billion coming from Indian students. A leading Bollywood union said on Friday it would not shoot any films in Australia until the government takes action against people behind a series of violent assaults on Indian students there. The federation has 45,000 members, including actors and engineers working in Mumbai’s huge movie business. Australia is a hot destination for Indian film-makers with about a dozen films shot there every year. Two of last year’s biggest hits, “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Singh is Kinng”, were shot in Australia. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has condemned the recent spate of attacks on Indian studentsstudying in Australia. “(It is) most disturbing to hear about racist attacks on Indians living in Australia. Quite a shame,” Aamir stated on his blog. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan rejected an honorary doctorate from a Brisbane University in protest against the attacks on Indian students. “I mean no disrespect to the institution that honours me, but under the present circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow countrymen,” the Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog. Amitabh Bachchan letter to Queensland University of Technology: Dear Sir, I write to you with a heavy heart on a matter that has now reached extremely sensitive proportions.

I have been reading and watching through the media the most unfortunate and violent attacks on Indian students in Australia; some of them lying in a most critical condition in hospital. I have observed with utter dismay the anguish that these incidents have caused to the families of those who have become unfortunate victims. The Queensland University of Technology has very graciously offered only last week, to confer an Honorary Doctorate to me for my contribution to the world of entertainment. Under the prevailing circumstances I find it inappropriate at this juncture, to accept this decoration. My conscience is profoundly unsettled at the moment and there seems to be a moral disjuncture between the suffering of these students and my own approbation. I have the highest respect for your illustrious Institution and wish to express my deepest regard for the recognition it bestows me with. I do not wish to offend in any manner this kind gesture by the Queensland University of Technology, but I do hope that you will understand my present feelings. With warm regards, Amitabh Bachchan Australia’s government condemned the attacks but said racism was not behind them. ow the China is expressing concern for its students studying in Australia. This is a matter of international relations now, not social politics. Time Magazine is reporting the racist attacks on Indian students in Australia. The law enforcement does not seem to be doing a good enough job to stop this from happening. I am glad Amitabh Bachaan refused the degree from an Australian University to protest these happenings. It is ironic that some Indians that live in Australia are justifying these attacks and blaming the Indians for being attacked! Considering the present scenario, no person would prefer to send his / her child to Australia, either for work, or for study purposes, i am getting same feedback from Chineese parents aswell.

Racial attacks on Indian students spread to South Australia with a 22-year-old being allegedly assaulted by a teenager in Adelaide after making "rude" comments about his turban, even as the state premier warned he will not tolerate any form of racism. Police said the Indian student suffered a broken nose and sore jaw in the incident in Adelaide's busy market area of Rundle Mall on Thursday and that they have arrested a 17-year-old youth in this connection. The attacker has been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Youth Court. A bystander said he saw the Indian student punching first, but the student claimed that his attacker started the spat when he hit him on his turban and asked "what's that on your head?"

The student, whose requested anonymity, was walking through a local mall with friends when he heard a commotion behind him, local media reported. The spate of racial attacks against Indians spread to Adelaide, capital city of South Australia, after members of the community were targeted in Melbourne and Sydney. South Australian Premier Mike Rann described the attack as a "disgrace" and said the state has been welcoming migrants and students from around the world for many years. "We are seen internationally as one of the safest and most supportive multicultural communities. We will not tolerate any form of racism," Rann said. The Indian student said the attacker started a confrontation by making "rude comments" about his turban. Asked if he thought the attack was racially motivated, the student said he had never felt it was a problem in Adelaide. "But what would you call this?" However, he said it "would not change his attitude to Adelaide as a good place to live and study." In another incident in Adelaide, Pakistani student Yasir Raja, 26, believes his Holden Commodore was torched because of its "Raja" numberplate. Raja said friends living in the Enfield area had increased security around their homes in fear of racist Raja said he had felt safe since he moved to Adelaide four years ago, he was worried recent racist attacks interstate could encourage similar incidents here. Meanwhile, the Federal Government has decided to convene a round table to discuss the attacks on June 28. State Further Education Minister Michael O'Brien said the Government had established a task force to investigate ways to improve the experience of foreign students. South Australia's student population is more than 27,700 and by 2014 the Government plans to increase the number to 62,000. International education is worth more than USD 740 million annually to