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September 6, 2012

Most Indians would love to visit 'not so racist' Australia: Lee

     Sydney: Retired fast bowler Brett Lee has claimed that Australia is not a racist country. Pointing to the host of negative publicity the nation got in the Indian media in recent times, he said that around 99 per cent of Indians would love to visit the land of kangaroos. Lee, who has taken a new role as an ambassador for Australian tourism, said the issues regarding attacks on Indian nationals in Australia had been blown out of proportion in the media. "Yes there have been issues, but there was a lot of speculation and innuendo. Ninety-nine per cent of Indians would jump at the opportunity to come to Australia," the Herald Sun quoted Lee, as saying. "In India they love Aussies and they love the fact that we can talk about cricket. They love coming out and studying here because of the climate and the hospitality. Australia is such a beautiful place and has so much to offer people," he added. Lee's first task was welcoming 70 Indian travel agents and taking them on a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground last night. "That excites me the most - when you go out and meet and greet and talk to people face to face. I'm a bit old-school," Lee said. Lee, who retired from cricket in July, will be one of more than 160 advocates in Tourism Australia's Friends of Australia program.
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