Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was accused of hypocrisy after he announced $55 million in grants for security upgrades at religious schools and places of worship in the wake of the New Zealand tragedy.
The money will be given to the country’s mosques, churches, synagogues and religious schools so that worshipers can “practice their faith in safety,” Morrison said on Monday at a meeting of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne.
The grants range from $50,000 to $1.5 million, and are expected to cover the cost of security upgrades such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing and alarms.
We’ll deliver $55 million for grants that will prioritise safety enhancements at religious schools and places of worship, such as CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, and security systems..
New Zealand man, 22, arrested for allegedly distributing video of mosque shootings
A 22-year-old man from New Zealand has been arrested in connection with distribution of the video recording of Friday’s tragic mosque shootings that killed 50 people.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, who has been charged with murder in the mass shooting, filmed the massacres at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch on a Facebook livestream. Facebook was notified of the video and immediately took steps to remove the user and the recording, but not before it had been downloaded and reposted across the internet.
The 22-year-old, who has not been named by police, will be charged under the Films Videos and Publications Classification Act. He is expected to appear in court Monday.