Anti-extremism unit set to be given $2.5 million in funding

AUSTRALIA will put $2.5 million towards a new Commonwealth unit dedicated to tackling extremism and radicalisation targeting young people.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia would provide $2.5 million over five years towards the operation of the unit in the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The unit will comprise a team of experts working to tackle the threat posed by violent extremism and foreign fighters by "building up technical counter-terrorism expertise".

Speaking at the Commonwealth leaders' meeting in Malta at the weekend, Mr Turnbull said the unit would focus on finding ways to counter the extremist narrative.

Mr Turnbull said extremist ideology was driven through online media so it is important to work with other countries and agencies to learn from their experiences and respond quickly to terror threats.

The British Government is also backing the new unit and it hoped other Commonwealth states would follow with financial support.

- APN NEWSDESK



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