Posted November 29, 2015 16:31:12

An international unit aimed at countering extremism and radicalisation will acquire $ 2.5 million in funding from Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced.

The initiative was announced at a meeting amongst Commonwealth heads of government in Malta, and has also been financially backed by the United Kingdom.

Australia will send a group of experts to work with civil society networks and governments to assist create technical knowledge in tackling the threat of violent extremism.

“So understanding what is attracting young folks, mostly young folks, to extremist ideologies grappling with that and promoting a culture — which is quite constant of course with the culture of the Commonwealth — of mutual respect,” Mr Turnbull said following the meeting.

Mr Turnbull stated it was essential to respond swiftly to on-line threats simply because extremist ideology was “dynamically driven” via these indicates.

Commonwealth secretary-common Kamalesh Sharma said despite the fact that the unit had only secured funding from two Commonwealth members, it gave “a really powerful hint” for other states to do the same.

“Since this is a result in that is going to be just before us for a quite extended time,” he said.

Australia has reviewed its own counter-terrorism laws this year and implemented a number of measures to target the expanding terror threat.

Topics: terrorism, government-and-politics, federal-government, world-politics, malta, australia

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