FILE PHOTO: Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during an interview with Reuters at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. FILE PHOTO: Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during an interview with Reuters at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Australian PM announces security upgrades at places of worship

By: MENA
Mon, Mar. 18, 2019
CANBERRA, March 18 (MENA) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced 55 million Australian dollars (39 million US dollars) in funding in community safety grants following the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, The Sunday Morning Herald reported.

Addressing the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Morrison said that it is for priority to be given to religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly.

The grants from 50,000 AUD (35,450 US dollars) to 1.5 million AUD (1.06 million US dollars) to various religious groups will provide for safety enhancements such as surveillance cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems.

"Now this announcement, along with everything else we have announced over recent years is 'the how' of keeping people safe - and we'll keep investing and working on 'the how', because the greatest responsibility of any government is to keep Australians safe."

Friday's terror attacks have so far left 50 people killed and 50 others injured. The suspected gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, was charged with murder.

Morrison on Friday described the attack as the act of a "right-wing extremist."
 
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