“But Islamic Council Vice president Adel Salman said parents are crying out for the service and the Islamic community wanted to take ownership of the issue. ‘To achieve the best outcomes it should be a community-led response, not a police or justice response.’”
If Adel Salman were sincere and consistent in this, he wouldn’t want any taxpayer money at all.
Islamic group wants taxpayers to fund Muslim hotline for parents worried about youths being radicalised
- Islamic Council of Victoria wants $3.5 million from taxpayers for Muslim hotline
- Their proposal would fund a Muslim Crisis Support Service for worried parents
- It would also include mobile crisis team to provide emotional support to families
A Muslim group wants taxpayer funds to set up a hotline for parents worried about their children being radicalised.
The Islamic Council of Victoria is asking the Turnbull Government for $3.5 million to establish a Muslim Crisis Support Service.
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The 24-hour hotline would also cater to Muslim parents concerned about their children turning to violent or anti-social behaviour.
The proposal would also fund a crisis team to give emotional support to Islamic families, the Sunday Herald Sun reports.
The Islamic Council’s spokesman Adel Salman says he would prefer to have trained counsellors and social workers from a Muslim background answer the hotline.
‘Our preference would be Muslim and that is simply because we are targeting Muslim youth,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday.
‘They typically respond better when people from a similar background are talking to them about issues they are experiencing.
‘A lot of Muslim youth feel disenfranchised: their identity as Muslims, their religion that they practise is often ridiculed, called into question, made to feel it doesn’t belong in Australia.’
Mr Salman said the hotline counsellors would report any confessions of terror plots to police in a ‘very small minority’ of cases.
‘If it gets to the stage where someone’s calling up, maybe a parent, and is saying their child is involved in imminent terrorist activity, clearly that matter would have to be referred to the appropriate authorities.’
He added that migrant parents who knew of a terror plot would feel more comfortable talking to a Muslim counsellor than contacting the Australian Federal Police.
‘Parents themselves are crying out for another option,’ Mr Salman said.
The Muslim Crisis Support Service proposal would also include emotional support for families
The Australian National University in Canberra is backing the Islamic Council of Victoria’s proposal.
The council has also separately met members of a parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Migration.
The inquiry into migrant settlement schemes, made up of politicians from the House of Representatives and the Senate, is accepting submissions until September 29.
The Islamic Council said migrant parents often struggled to understand why their teenage children were turning to extremist groups.
‘Without adequate support structures, many marginalised and disengaged Muslim youth growing up in Australian society are becoming increasingly at risk of falling into negative social circles or being influenced by harmful social media or internet activity,’ their submission for a hotline said.
The proposal comes as teenagers travel to Syria to join ISIS.