Vic bill introduced to counter extremism

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A new program designed to tackle the root cause of violent extremism and radicalisation could be introduced in Victoria.

The Terrorism (Community Protection) Amendment Bill 2021 was tabled in parliament on Tuesday, and will establish a voluntary case management scheme for people who are at risk of radicalising towards violent extremism.

The initiative will connect them with the services they need and help them reconnect with community support.

The bill will also give courts the power to impose conditions on a person identified as being radicalised.

"When it comes to violent extremism, early intervention is key - that's why we're introducing reforms that tackle the root causes of radicalisation and help those at-risk people get their lives back on track," Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes said on Tuesday.

It will also extend the operation of the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 for a further 10 years, keeping in place vital counter-terrorism preventative and investigative powers due to expire on December 1, 2021.

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