More than 50 schools around the country, including two Queensland schools, have been identified as being at risk of a terrorist attack, and will be given security guards and closed-circuit TV systems.
The $18 million program marks the first time the federal government has funded school security.
“This support recognises the unique security circumstances that some schools face,” federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan told the Daily Telegraph.
“This delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance.”
More than half the schools in question are reportedly Jewish and Islamic schools, 22 are government and independent schools, and the majority of schools are located in Western Sydney. 29 of the 54 are in NSW.
Despite the alleged threat to two Queensland schools, state Education Minister Kate Jones says she only learned about the security threat when it appeared in today’s Courier-Mail.
“Given this is such a serious issue, you’d think that Minister Keenan could have easily just picked up the phone,” she told the paper.
“Neither Education Queensland or Independent Schools Queensland have been advised of this latest development.”
Ms Jones said she is not aware of any specific threat to any school in Queensland, and doesn’t know which two schools will receive the security guards and CCTV systems.
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UPDATE: An overwhelming 61 per cent of the respondents to our poll said that security guards and CCTV systems are unnecessary in Queensland schools, and will just create a climate of fear. 33 per cent of you said we do need to take these measures to keep our kids safe, and 6 per cent of you weren’t sure.