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SAFE: Indian students in Melbourne are happy and safe

The lies of extremists in the ranks of Indian journalism and a notorious local spokesman about Melbourne have been flushed out by a survey of Indian students.

The survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria revealed that Indian students feel safe and welcome here.

The president of FIAV, Vasan Srinivasan told mX:

“Some of these Indian leaders are saying it is unsafe to live in Victoria. Well, why aren’t they leaving? They could have packed up and left a long time ago.”


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  1. good to see an underfunded community group doing something positive….now we wait for the government to get off their arse.

    Posted by Goin' Rogue | February 16, 2010, 21:35
  2. Oz study says overseas students fear for safety in Melbourne

    MELBOURNE: A majority of overseas students, including Indians, in Melbourne often fear for their safety because of risky jobs, poor transport options and lack of safe affordable housing, with many of them also attaching racial or religious element to the perceived threats, says a new study.

    Of the 515 international students surveyed by the Victorian University, 403 reported perceived threats to their safety and half of them felt the threats were motivated by racial, religious or cultural factors.

    The study found that a complex range of factors contributed to the safety threats, including lack of access to safe affordable houses, high risk employment and poor transport options. It also found offenders were often identified as groups of young alienated men.

    ‘The Community Safety of International Students in Melbourne’, a scoping study conducted by the Victorian University following the increasing incidents of violence against international students, was commissioned between June and November last year and included an online survey of 1013 students, 515 of whom were international.

    The study also included interviews with key stakeholders, such as Victoria Police.

    The study has come out with a number of recommendations, including setting up an information hotline, better access to safer transport and better information for new international students.

    Posted by Victoria Universty - latest agent of Indian media | February 16, 2010, 21:45
  3. Good to see someone has thought to ask the students for their views. Pity the media and politicians didn’t bother to do the same before deciding we’re all racists.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2010, 21:48
  4. Oh good golly gosh this is not correct.
    Oh deary me please don’t listen as I will not get any more publicity.

    Posted by Gautum 'Gulab Jamun' Gupta | February 16, 2010, 22:42
  5. Having our open door immigration policy – this is what happens, you import filthy middle eatern sub-human sewerage like Sam Aziz into this once great land.

    Posted by anon | February 17, 2010, 0:01
  6. So nice to see that they give you the stats on international students who have experienced racism, yet have not given a baseline comparison of that encountered by domestic students. Maybe it’s something we just don’t talk about here because it’s drummed into us from such young age that multiculturalism is so good – and mostly it is. As an Anglo-Saxon Australian though, even I have experienced racism. I’ve been called “whitey” and physically bullied by a group of Koories at school, continuously excluded at uni by a group of Chinese students (with whom I attempted to interact for a group project) and then there are the instances of cat cries from a minority of Muslim men telling even the most tastefully dressed women to put some more clothes on (and these are just a few examples of many). That being said, I’ve also witnessed a man at uni go up to a group of people speaking Bahasa Indonesia and say “you’re not in China anymore so speak English”.
    My point : the above examples cross a range of races/cultures and at every one of these instances, other people have commented on the lack of racial or cultural tolerance displayed. I’d guess if you ask ANY Australian student if they’ve experienced racism in some form and they’ll say yes, if they think it’s acceptable or engaged in by the majority, you’ll get a no.

    Posted by domestic student | February 17, 2010, 2:53
  7. Neither VASON AGENT or GAUTAM FISA represent the view of entire INDIAN community of Victoria. Their views should NOT be treated as views of entire INDIAN community of Victoria.

    Posted by Geraldine | February 17, 2010, 11:48
  8. VASON AGENT and GAUTAM FISA please stop commenting on behalf of whole INDIAN community – Your views are your individual views, PLEASE STOP distressing INDIAN community of Victoria by claiming your views as that of ENTIRE INDIAN community.

    Posted by Rishi Vasan | February 17, 2010, 11:50
  9. The Indian community is getting distressed because of reckless statements by VASIN AGENTNIVASIN and GAUTAM FISA… You both can be compared to Sheikh Hilali… Nothing else.

    Posted by Anjali | February 17, 2010, 11:53
  10. For few years, we had the Labor Premier John Brumby and his Police Commissioner in denial over violence in our streets, in particular violence targeted against Victorians of Indian background or Indians living in Victoria.

    The huge swing against the State Labor Government in the Altona by-election was a tribute to Ted Baillieu’s honesty and courage and readiness to speak the truth in the face of terrible obfuscation by the State Labor Government.

    Thank you ALTONA voters for showing your support to Ted Baillieu, and the Indian community.

    I sincerely hope John Brumby and VASIN AGENTASIN gather the strength to speak out truth.

    Posted by GAUTAM FISA | February 18, 2010, 10:56
  11. Mr Gupta’s wife, Anu, works at a private college and he runs an illegal rooming house….mmm, me smells a hypocrite.

    Posted by Usually the Truth will lead nowhere | February 18, 2010, 12:37
  12. Its GAUTAM FISA and not anything else… Gautam has got a new title.

    Posted by Rishi Vason | February 18, 2010, 13:07
  13. Gautam Guantanomo Bay Fisa

    Posted by Rishi Vason | February 18, 2010, 13:08
  14. DONT involve the family of GAUTAM FISA in this – The family should not be targetted.

    Posted by Rishi Vason | February 18, 2010, 13:10
  15. VASIN the AGENT A SIN – Now joining ALP…

    Posted by Rishi Vason | February 18, 2010, 13:11
  16. Gee we are a racist lot in Vexnews (or is that The Labor Party?)

    Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2010, 0:31
  17. Gee we are a race body in the ALP (Vex censored everything else!)

    Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2010, 0:32
  18. VASIN AGENT A SIN and GAUTAM FISA are co related – VA SIN was given a job of 100 K by GAUTAM FISA in Swinburne Uni Students Union with a CAR – They are together in this conspiracy.

    Posted by Gurdip Aurora | February 22, 2010, 10:27
  19. FIAV conducting a survey. Can you please give us a date or who was conducting it.

    I thought FIAV was busy transfering students from college to other. and get 30 % commision on fees.

    of course VASAN eats it.

    Survey my A R S E .

    Do you think we are so dumb to beleive you.

    Posted by Nitin Gupta | March 1, 2010, 3:54
  20. Posted by Peter Lundhos | March 15, 2010, 22:06
  21. Posted by Peter LUND VAS | March 16, 2010, 11:12
  22. Why do so many migrants hate Australia? Why are they also so racist? This is a great land my multicultural friends, embrace it, dont hate it!

    Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010, 17:37