This is the third and, hopefully, the last post I will write on this issue.
I explored the general issue in Australia's Indian Students - a wake-up call for Australia. In Harris Park, Indian Students and the latest Sydney troubles I looked at a specific case. This lead Anon to point me to a specific opinion piece by Peter Sheehan in today's Sydney Morning Herald.
I write against the background of a comment by our PM that, in absolute terms and relative to the size of the population, more Australians have been killed or attacked in India than is the case of Indians in Australia. I have no doubt that Mr Rudd is correct. None of this matters a damn.
Australia has no choice but to react to current problems on both economic and moral grounds.
On economic grounds, education is a key export earner. The current problems will cost us heavily. On moral grounds, and as I have said, Indian students are our guests.
If we are going to seek international students we must look after them. However, we also have to be careful.
We must display caution in local reporting. We should also expect Indian students and others in the Indian community to observe our laws. An attack by 200 on a Lebanese restaurant, if true, is not observing our laws.
Solutions to the apparent conflict in Sydney have to be worked out at local level. Melbourne has different problems, although there too local issues must be considered.
My plea remains. Regardless of the economic damage all this does to Australia, let us take a cool view and think of this in people terms.