Scott Morrison said places of worship could use the grant money to install CCTV cameras, fences, and alarms.
Rabat – In the wake of a terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques on March 15, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the government will give AUD 55 million (US $39 million) in grants to step up security measures at mosques, synagogues, churches, temples, and religious schools.
The funds would help end what Morrison called “mindless tribalism.”
He tweeted, “We’ll deliver $55 million for grants that will prioritise safety enhancements at religious schools and places of worship, such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, and security systems.”
The grants are part of the Australian government’s Safer Communities Fund project for communities at risk of extremism and terror.
Morrison highlighted the importance of freedom of religion. “Religious freedom is not just an inalienable right as free citizens. It is import to the very cohesion of our society. It is for many Australians impossible to separate their faith from their culture.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a hijab to express solidarity with to the bereaved families as she took the lead in signing a book of condolence for the victims of the Christchurch attack.
As the world is decrying the horrific terrorist attacks perpetrated by an Australian right-wing terrorist, the Casablanca Wydad football club recited the first surah of the Qur’an in grief over the victims.