Survey confirms strength of Australia-India ties

Media release

17 April 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today welcomed a major opinion poll which has confirmed public support in India for a strong and growing relationship with Australia.

The survey by the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Australia India Institute indicates Indians see Australia as good place to visit, live, work and study.

Australia is viewed as a country that is friendly to India, with attractive values, strong educational institutions and a sound political system.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr acknowledged the contribution both organisations had made towards the bilateral relationship between Australia and India.

"This report focuses on our shared values and interests which have seen Australia's relationship with India develop into one of our key strategic and economic partnerships in the region," Senator Carr said.

"It is gratifying to see positive results of Indian feelings towards Australia, Indian judgments of the quality of Australia's education system, and Indian views on working with Australia in our shared neighbourhood.

"Building on the ties between both our peoples is an integral component of that partnership – in our relations with India, and in the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper as a whole."

Senator Carr acknowledged there were elements of the relationship where Australia needed to do more.

The report noted lingering concerns regarding the issue of safety for Indian students in Australia but showed the overall perception of Australia's education standards was strong, with 75 per cent of Indians seeing Australia as a good place to be educated.

Australia's Indian community of more than 450,000 is our fastest growing migrant community and India is our second-largest source of international students.

The report is available at: www.lowyinstitute.org

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