"There was very little evidence that the assaults were based on racism or discrimination," Committee Chairman and Liberal Party senator Gary Humphries told 'The Australian'.
The Senate committee report on the welfare of international students, tabled in Parliament on Thursday, found that the majority of evidence suggested that assaults against the youths were more likely to be "opportunistic robberies" than prompted by racism.
A total of 94 cases of attacks on Indians have been reported so far this year in Australia as against 17 incidents of assaults in 2008. Reacting to the report, Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) President Amit Menghani said the authorities "are still in denial of the major issue." Menghani said it was not just a matter of some students not being safety conscious.
The inquiry "failed" to address the issue "and it could really damage the reputation of the Australian education system again," he was quoted as saying.
International Education Association of Australia Director Dennis Murray also criticised the report, saying "it doesn't get to grips with the issue of social cohesion"
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