Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given South Korea’s president a personal assurance that Queensland is safe.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given South Korea’s president a personal assurance that Queensland is safe, despite the slaying of two South Korean students.
South Korean student Eunji Ban, 23, was found bashed to death in a park in November last year.
A month later, Min Tae Kim, 28, was found buried in a shallow grave in a backyard.
Mr Abbott, who met with President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, said the South Korean leader could have confidence in Queensland police.
“There have been arrests made in both cases so these are not unsolved crimes,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday.
“It’s important to point out that Koreans in Australia are the victims of crime at substantially below average rates and Australia is by international standards a very safe country and I gave President Park that reassurance.”
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who is travelling with Mr Abbott on an Asia trade mission, was expected to meet President Park on Tuesday night at a state dinner.
“I’m sure he will give the president an absolute guarantee that Queensland police take these matters very seriously,” Mr Abbott said.
“The last thing we would ever want would be to allow an impression to be created that Australia is not a welcoming destination for visitors and students and business people.”