What plans does the Government have to expand and upgrade community
prevention programs considering the comments made by the Australian Security
Intelligence Organisation Director-General of Security about the rise of right
wing terrorism and "Intolerance based on race, gender and identity",
and the call by the head of the United Kingdom's national deradicalisation
program to invest in grassroots terrorism prevention?
The Government understands the evolving challenges we face in tackling
violent extremism in our community.
The Government's $47 million Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program
seeks to limit the spread and influence of all forms of violent extremism,
including right wing extremism.
New South Wales CVE programs addressing right-wing extremism include:
The New South Wales COMPACT program, a $9.2 million community grants program
which aims to promote social cohesion and community harmony. The program
tackles all forms of extremism.
$750,000 over four years was allocated to the Community Action for
Preventing Extremism (CAPE) project which specifically targets right-wing
extremism. CAPE is delivered by All Together Now.
Step Together, a free helpline and online service, designed to provide the
community with support and advice regarding violent extremism and, where
necessary, referral to other relevant support services.
Increased support for schools including an enhanced case management
framework, expanded counsellor workforce and the creation of five specialist
support teams to respond to incidents in schools.
The Radicalisation and Extremism Awareness Program (REAP) which trains staff
in Corrective Services and Youth Justice to recognise and report all indicators
of radicalisation, including indicators of right-wing extremism.
The Remove Hate from the Debate campaign which aims to address hate speech
by helping young people have safe and robust conversations online and
empowering them to be a positive voice for change.
$85,000 in funding to Charles Sturt University to deliver a conference,
Collaborative Approaches to Counter the Extremist Right-wing and Islamophobia
Threats. The conference, held in November 2019, examined the impacts of these
threats and emerging risks for social cohesion.