Australia’s image continues is
copping a battering overseas as reports of the Cronulla riots are
reported prominently around the world.

Former Nine news anchor
Hugh Riminton was presenting the story on news broadcaster CNN and the
story was also leading bulletins on America’s Fox and ABC channel.

Former Wonder World
kids’ show reporter Jonathan Coleman explained to Australian breakfast
news viewers this morning that the story wasn’t as big in the UK as it
was elsewhere.

“Interestingly enough, it didn’t get much (news) coverage on my BBC breakfast show,” he told Seven’s Sunrise. “It’s still the number five or number six item on the news.”

Coleman,
as one of the prominent Aussie voices in London who has even featured
in a Tourism Australia campaign, said he had to field numerous calls
from listeners concerned at the events that were unfolding.

“The
instant they see people being bashed by police… you get phone calls
from people saying what’s the situation,” he said. “It’s not doing
great things for Australia’s image.”

Papers like The Times,USA Today, The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail and The Telegraph have featured AP reports chronicling the Sydney riots and the blog world is running with the story under headlines like Sploid‘s “Aussies Hunt Arabs.”

And
the news is front page stuff across South East Asia, as the PM heads to
Malaysia for the East Asia summit, to be greeted with headlines like
that running in South Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo, “Racial Violence Grips Sydney, Korean Community Spared,” or the Singapore Straits Times’s “Racial Anger on the Brew,” which opens with the line “Tension has been simmering for some time in Australia, observers note.”

Peter Fray

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