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Australia boosts security for mosques places of worship


Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) with other politicians and religious leaders attend an interfaith service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Sunday, in memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch mosque attacks. Wendell Teodoro/ AFP

MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced more funding to defend religious establishments against potential attack in the wake of the mosque massacres in neighbouring New Zealand.

Morrison said he would provide Aus$55 million (US$39 million) in “community safety grants” with a priority placed on security at “religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly.”

The funding, he told the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, would include “CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems.”

“I so wish we didn't need this on places of worship in Australia, whether they be at temples or schools or mosques or churches,” said Morrison.

“It grieves me that this is necessary. But, sadly, it is.”

The gunman accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch hails from Australia.

Agence France-Presse