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Brumby cancels Mumbai trip over terrorism concerns

By Melissa Jenkins
September 20, 2009 04:08pm

    * Brumby cancels trip after terror warning
    * DFAT updates its advice for Mumbai
    * Says terrorists may hit in Sept or Oct 2009

TERRORISM fears have prompted Victorian Premier John Brumby to cancel a planned visit to Mumbai during his mission to India.

Mr Brumby is leaving for India tomorrow on a mission to try to salvage Melbourne's and Australia's reputation as a safe place for Indian students to study.

Mumbai was to have been his first stop in the country but he will now spend more time in New Delhi.

His office put out a statement today following a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warning that terrorists may be planning further attacks in Mumbai in September or October.

The Premier's office said the decision was also made in consultation with Victoria Police.

Some 166 people, including two Australians, were killed last November when heavily armed Islamic militants hit two luxury hotels in Mumbai.

Mr Brumby was to have attended a Bollywood movie launch party and visited a school in Mumbai.

A spate of attacks on Indian students have cast a shadow over the Australian education industry for foreign students, which is worth a whopping $15.5 billion.

Last week, Victoria Police were forced to deny they had tried to cover up the bashing of four Indian men outside a Melbourne bar after it took four days for the alleged racially motivated incident to become public.

Mr Brumby admits both Victoria's and Australia's image have been tarnished by the string of attacks on Indians.

"I don't think there is any doubt at all that some of the events over the last few months have damaged our brand and the Australian brand in India," he told reporters last week.

"It will make that task (promoting Melbourne as a good place to study) difficult, I think it makes the trip to India even more important."

In New Delhi, Mr Brumby is scheduled to attend an AFL Grand Final event on Saturday and visit a Commonwealth Games site.

He will attend a series of meetings with information technology companies in Bangalore.

DFAT's overall level of travel advice for India has not changed from urging a high degree of caution.,27574,26099821-2,00.html

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