A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow “safe spaces” for young Muslims to discuss “inflammatory” issues has sparked a row.
The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) said such forums enabled young people’s opinions to be “respectfully and intelligently debated and challenged”.
But State Premier Daniel Andrews said he was “very troubled” by the idea of a space where people “could be radical”.
Victoria was rocked by a suspected terror attack earlier this week.
Gunman Yacqub Khayre killed a man, wounded three police officers and took a woman hostage during a siege at an apartment building on Monday night. He was later shot dead by police.
Australia has prevented a number of extremist attacks on home soil in recent years, and has been on alert amid fears over the return of Australians fighting for Islamist militant groups in Syria.
‘Rage space’
The ICV, which says it represents some 200,000 Muslims in Victoria, says the community is …
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