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Greens discuss international student welfare in India.

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Greens discuss international student welfare in India

Media Release | Spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young

Wednesday 1st July 2009, 3:55pm


• International Students

• Senate Inquiries

• Tertiary Education

• Youth Affairs

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has participated in talks with Indian parliamentarians and journalists

about the welfare of international students in Australia, saying the issue is clearly of concern to India.

Senator Hanson-Young is in India this week as part of a cross-party parliamentary delegation visiting Delhi

and the Tibetan parliament-in-exile in Dharamsala (the first such delegation to do the latter).

“There is an understanding among the Indian parliamentarians and journalists that I have met with here

that the issues affecting Indian students in Australia are more complex than just the recent vicious attacks

in Melbourne and Sydney,” said Senator Hanson-Young from Delhi today.

“The Senate Inquiry I established last month will allow the Australian parliament to unpick just what those

complexities are.

“The Greens hope the open, accessible and transparent process of a Senate Inquiry will throw a spotlight

onto the realities, positive and negative, of Australia’s burgeoning international education sector.

“The Senate Inquiry should also highlight some solutions to move forward from the current situation, not

only for the sake of international student welfare in Australia, but also our country’s reputation when it

comes to international education.”

Senator Hanson-Young said the high level of concern in India over the treatment of its students in Australia

was evident, with the Indian Supreme Court this week directing the Government there to investigate the

safety of Indian students overseas.

“I look forward to returning to Australia with a deeper understanding of how Indian families feel about their

children living and studying in Australia under the present circumstances,” she said.

Written submissions have opened for the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’

Committee’s Inquiry into the welfare of international students. The Inquiry is due to report back by 16

November 2009.

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