Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 08:43 | SYDNEY
Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 08:43 | SYDNEY

Attacks on Indians: The numbers (not)


Fergus Hanson


25 February 2010 09:11

Last week Rory and I wrote a piece in The Australian arguing for a more transparent look at attacks on Indian students. As research for that article we asked (on 8 February) the Victorian Police and the Premier's Office for some stats. The police only got back to me on Tuesday the 23rd, but I thought I'd share their replies to our questions. Draw your own conclusions about how on-top of this issue they are, nine months after the attacks hit the headlines.

Q1: What Victorian government/police statistics have been made publicly available regarding the attacks on Indians and/or Indian Australians?

A: Victoria Police records details on victims based on racial appearance and not ethnicity. Racial appearance is based on the subjective assessment of attending police and is recorded primarily for operational and intel purposes only. Racial appearance is one limited indicator of ethnicity based on appearance only and does not necessarily mean that the person(s) attributed to a particular ethnic group are in fact of that origin.

Information pertaining to Racial Appearance is available via the Annual Crime Publication where they are categorised under the broad categories of Aboriginal, Asian, Caucasian, Other and Unspecified.

Any analysis done pertaining to the ethnicity of a victim is for intelligence purposes and is not available to the public. 

Q2: Are there Victorian government statistics on this issue that have not yet been made publicly available? And if so, which areas do they cover?

As mentioned in point 1, areas of analysis and data relevant to same is for intelligence purposes only.

Q3: How many attacks on Indians (or Indian Australians) have there been in the last 6 or 12 months in Victoria?


 Q4: How does that number compare to the percentage of the population they represent in Victoria?


Q5: Is there a police task force looking into these attacks on Indians?


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