NSW promises $47m for anti-terrorism education

SCHOOLS across NSW will share in $47 million to stop their pupils becoming indoctrinated into violent extremist ideologies.

Premier Mike Baird said five specialist teams would be established to respond to critical situations and be deployed to at-risk schools from next year to ensure they had the support needed.

About $15 million was promised for the expert teams.

Counsellors and school staff would get tailored training to identify the telltale signs to look out for and learn how to point students towards the right help.

Mr Baird said the program had been pushed forward by the terrorist attack that cost the life of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

"We are locked in a global struggle with cynical manipulators who exploit vulnerable young people and children to commit acts of terror," Mr Baird said.

"Violent extremism is a willingness to use or support unlawful violence to promote a political, ideological or religious goal.

"As we have seen, recently and tragically in our own community, it includes the willingness to use or support terrorism."

High-profile role models including NRL and AFL stars would be asked to sign on as ambassadors.

A 24-hour hotline would be established for people seeking advice on protecting their youths from extremist influences.


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