Barry Pittard on June 5, 2009
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proposes a preliminary series of questions that
Australians may well ask themselves, in ensuring that Australia
becomes the locus of profound national self-respect and
the safety and well-being those visiting from different
cultures, and of Australian citizens.
"A number of
reasons exist why the majority of these attacks have
occurred on Indian students, and the issue is complex.
The situations are not as portrayed, with a dangerous,
irresponsible oversimplification, either by certain
sections of the Indian media that are clearly
committed to jingoism, hysteria, sensationalism and
burgeoning of sales, who gravely misrepresent the view
of a great many Indians who live in Australia"
"But there is a
work undone: those communities especially in the outer
suburbs to which many foreign students are driven by
their economic constraints will have to do some of it.
They will need to rise to an occasion. Or will they
expect the police and other authorities to do it for
them? To stand by when bones are being broken and lives
destroyed does not add up to self-respect and a sense of
justice within those in whose midsts violence is
multicultural experience - or experiment - needs to be
carefully distinguished from the performances of other
countries, and discussed with proper regard for
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