The Courier-Mail

Schools to target teen extremists

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AUSTRALIA is one step closer to a co-ordinated approach to fighting radicalisa­tion in Australian schools, federal Education Minister Christophe­r Pyne said yesterday.

But he stressed the process must occur “as quickly as possible”, while warning against talk of “dobbing in”.

“I don’t think we should trivialise the issue by saying that we’re going to have a dobbing in of other students,” he said. “This is a very serious issue, from a security point of view, from an education point of view.”

Following an Education Council meeting with state education ministers at the Stamford Plaza yesterday, Mr Pyne said he was pleased with the progress that had been made on radicalisa­tion.

The communique issued after the meeting said: “Ministers agreed that senior officials will collate current initiative­s that support youth at risk of radicalisa­tion and identify gaps in prevention and interventi­on measures for schools.”

The communique went on to note that officials would work with the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council to compile advice.

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