A top opposition Liberal party leader in Australia has expressed contentment over the current visit of Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to India which is aimed at repairing country’s reputation as an education destination.
“I’m happy that the government is trying to repair this particular damage,” Liberal MP Tony Abbott said.
Gillard, who also has charges of education ministry, workplace relations ministry and ministry for social inclusion, is in India on a mission to restore her country’s standing as a destination that accepts overseas students.
Australia’s reputation as an ideal education destination was damaged following a spate of reported racist attacks on Indian students.
Abbott also said that Gillard had too much “on her plate”.
“She can’t handle education and workplace relations and to think that she can sort out foreign policy as well, it’s just too much.”
Abbott said that the deputy prime minister was a “very effective politician”.