Police outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton following a siege. Picture: David Geraghty/The Australian.
Police outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton following a siege. Picture: David Geraghty/The Australian.

Young Muslims need taxpayer-funded 'space to rage'

YOUNG Muslims should have access to taxpayer-funded "safe spaces" in which they can make "inflammatory" comments, according to Victoria's peak Islamic group.

In a highly controversial submission to a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of religion, the Islamic Council of Victoria is demanding that funding for federal counter-terrorism and anti-extremism programs be diverted to create the refuges.

"Muslim young people are feeling more emotionally overloaded. A safe space is needed for them to meet and talk about a range of issues in emotional terms, where they can be frank and even use words which in a public space would sound inflammatory," the submission says.

"That they cannot express irony, humour, anger or joy in words and facial expressions that would make them a target for 'surveillance' is a cause for despondency leading to mental health issues among many."

Multicultural Affairs Minister Robin Scott said: "This idea is deeply unhelpful and wrong. Under no circumstances would we support the diversion of state funding from counter-terrorism initiatives for such a proposal."

More on this at the Herald-Sun

News Corp Australia


Vacant Ipswich shops hit market after price drop

Premium Content Vacant Ipswich shops hit market after price drop

Two vacant shops are drawing renewed interest from potential buyers after being...

Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Premium Content Early Ipswich Cup tips: Excellent track but rug up

Preparing for his 17th Ipswich Cup, track manager Sean Tou offered some valuable...

Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Premium Content Council tears down serial litigant’s eye-catching signs

Over the years his signs have targeted several high-profile politicians, police and...