Australian premier inundated with complaints from Chinese students on social network

April 12, 2012

Last month, Ted Baillieu, the premier of the Australian state of Victoria, opened an account on the popular social network Weibo to connect with Chinese-speaking voters and international students in his state. Within hours of registering, he was inundated with complaints, most focused on the lack of public-transport concessions for foreign students. (Victoria is one of 2 states that do not extend public-transit subsidies to international students). Baillieu told his Chinese audience that his government had no plan to offer subsidized fares and touted Victoria's "world-class higher education system" as attractions. Some Weibo user comments published in The Age criticize soaring tuition fees and the quality of education in Australia. The Age