I could get into trouble big time if I say too much about the number of foreign students in Melbourne. I am allowed an observation though. Three years ago, Coles supermarket in Prahran had predominately Aussie born workers. R said to me last week, take a look at all the check out chaps and chapesses. Every one was from the subcontinent, bar one, who was of 'Asian' appearance'.
There is something going on here that I do not understand. Maybe more later.
I hope you are all appalled at violent attacks against students from the sub continent. I certainly am. The perpetrators are not only scum, but stupid as well, as I believe all trains have quite good CCTV and the scum is invariably caught. Out on the street, it is a different matter, and the perpetrators of such violence on innocent young men may well not be caught. Our police force is supposed to uphold the law, but on the face of it, FAIL.
It is a matter of great concern, but not withstanding, it is bit rich for India's High Commissioner to be visiting Melbourne and India's PM to be telephoning our Prime Minister to discuss the problem and indicate how seriously this problem is being viewed in India.
Hello, India, starvation, deprivation, extreme poverty, terrible young mortality rates, growing wealth gap.......the list of problems is very long.
One could be very cynical and think India's response is all about politics and playing to the masses, but I would not want to lead you to what I think.
Victoria Police don't seem to be doing such a good job of protecting its citizens and visitors. It may well take a bit more of an effort than lining up fifteen parked police cars in Swanston Street on a Friday night.