Budget targets to stop spread of radical Islam in Australia, report says

11:07, May 08, 2010      

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Millions of dollars will be spent trying to halt the spread of radical Islam in Australia as part of a Federal Budget package to bolster national security, News Ltd reported on Saturday.

Tuesday's election-year Budget will include hundreds of millions of dollars for national security as Labor tackled concerns it has gone soft on border protection following the flood of asylum seekers in recent months, News Ltd said on Saturday.

The government will announce "preventative" measures to counter the growth of radical terrorist cells across Australia.

While the government will be careful not to defame Muslims with its policies, it was understood new programs will target the potential spread of radical extremism in the nation's jails, News Ltd said.

Some states already have their own programs, aimed at stopping the rise of radical Islam in prisons, but the Budget has been expected to outline a national scheme, with religious classes and better contact between inmates and their families.



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