On Page 16 of Saturday’s Age (2nd April), I noticed an advert by the Attorney-General’s Department of the Australian Government.
Building Community Resilience
Applications now open.
The Australian Government is investing $9.6 million in a package of measures to support community organizations to counter violent extremism in their local areas. As part of this, the Attorney-General’s Department is inviting applications for grants from $5,000 to $20,000 and from $20,001 to $100,000 for initiatives that build community resilience to violent extremism and lessen the appeal of extremist ideologies.
Applications close 29 April 2011.
Readers who want more information can visit: ag.gov.au
The Australian Government recognises the importance of working with communities to build resilience to the influence of violent extremism and promote a safe and inclusive Australia. The risk of vulnerable individuals in Australia becoming radicalised to the point of being willing to use violence was identified as a key issue of concern in the Australian Government’s Counter-terrorism White Paper, Securing Australia, Protecting Our Community.
As part of the 2010 Budget, $9.7 million over 4 years was allocated specifically to addressing the issue of domestic violent extremism. The funding is in addition to a number of existing initiatives totalling over $77 million that form part of the Government’s broader social inclusion and national security agendas.
The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Taskforce within the Attorney-General’s Department is developing and implementing a sophisticated and coordinated national approach to countering violent extremism. This approach will reduce the potential for a home grown terrorist attack through building a more resilient Australia that is less vulnerable to the processes of radicalisation and through assisting individuals to disengage from violent extremist influences.
At present, the greatest terrorist threat to Australia and Australian interests comes from people who follow a distorted and militant interpretation of Islam that calls for violence as the answer to perceived grievances.
Communities are best placed to develop solutions to local problems and for that reason, consultation will be occurring with a wide variety of community groups and stakeholders. Based on this consultation and research a number of projects will we implemented over the next four years.
An opportunity for community groups and non-government organisations to put forward proposals for preventing violent extremism within their neighbourhoods is now available through the Building Community Resilience Youth Mentoring Grants program.
Here’s an opportunity for Q Society to make a contribution. They have already done valuable work in alerting the public to the dangers of sharia and the Islamisation of Australia.
For the information of the Taskforce, I also have “a sophisticated and coordinated approach to countering violent extremism.” But mine doesn’t involve treating potential terrorists as being “vulnerable to the processes of radicalization”. Rather, mine recognizes that terrorist acts are carried out by those following an ideology which incites violence against infidels, not because they are victims.
It’s unfortunate that the Australian Government recognizes where the “greatest terrorist threat to Australia and Australian interests comes from”, yet still insists that the perpetrators are following “a distorted and militant interpretation of Islam”.
For what it’s worth*, here is my two bob’s worth about countering violent extremism:
- Carefully monitor mosques and Islamic schools and shut down those found to be preaching extremism, which includes hostility towards other religions and to fellow Australians.
- Stop Islamic infiltration into our schools by disallowing LFOA and other da’wa initiatives like the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA), which goes into schools spreading mass deception. Here’s what they say:
JCMA,…aims to enable people of faith to deepen their understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Australia today by meeting, engaging with and learning from Jews, Christians and Muslims... In 2005 JCMA was successful in obtaining a Living in Harmony Grant to run a pilot Secondary Schools project in Metropolitan and Regional Victoria in 2006.
We co-operate to promote interfaith dialogue and encounter each other as people of faith and integrity living in Australia. We discover many shared religious values, as well as much variation, both within and between our faiths. We aim to strengthen our own and the public’s commitment to the significance of community participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and respect for each others faith in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in the contemporary Australian context. (source)
- Discontinue all Government funding of ‘interfaith’ groups, where dhimmi Christians and Jews, acquiesce in the false Islamic narrative that all worship the same God, share the same values, and as Abrahamic faiths, can happily coexist.
- Discontinue sharia finance and prevent halal food being introduced by stealth.
- Prosecute all Muslims found to be preaching the overthrow of our democracy, which includes anyone advocating sharia.
- Refuse to have any contact with Islamic groups which are connected with the Muslim Brotherhood or which support Australian Palestinian Groups promoting the racist BDS movement and Israel Apartheid Week.
- Play the Islamists at their own game by using lawfare against them. Start prosecuting racist Islamic groups, and desist from using lawfare against those trying to expose Islam’s racism.
In other words, sideline Islam and vigorously prosecute breaches of law rather than excusing and privileging it.
*Now those suggestions are worth $100,000 in anyone’s money.
But I’m not greedy – I’ll settle for $20,001!