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2583 - COMMUNITY PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Greenwich, Alex to the Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections

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?

Answer -

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.

Question asked on 5 March 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 53
Answer received on 9 April 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 55