Mus­lim helpline push

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

SE­NIOR Mus­lim lead­ers are lob­by­ing the Fed­eral Govern­ment for tax­payer cash to fund a tele­phone helpline for des­per­ate par­ents wor­ried about their chil­dren be­ing lured by gangs or ex­trem­ist re­cruiters.

The pro­posal for a $3.5 mil­lion Mus­lim Cri­sis Sup­port Ser­vice, backed by the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity and the Is­lamic Coun­cil of Victoria, was pre­sented to se­nior Turn­bull Govern­ment min­is­ters in Can­berra last week.

The pro­posed ser­vice would in­clude a 24-hour helpline for des­per­ate Mus­lim par­ents wor­ried about chil­dren “vul­ner­a­ble to delin­quent or vi­o­lent anti-so­cial be­hav­iours”.

The money would also fund a mo­bile cri­sis sup­port team to in­ter­vene when fam­i­lies are in cri­sis and pro­vide prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port.

Is­lamic coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent Adel Sal­man said par­ents were cry­ing out for the ser­vice.

Cri­sis sup­port sought

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