Half billion spent for 'Muslim assimilation'

Australia has spent nearly half a billion dollars on a national plan to help "assimilate" Muslims into Australian society. PM Howard says he uses unapologetically the word "assimilation".

Half billion spent for  'Muslim assimilation'
Australia has spent nearly half a billion dollars on a national plan to help “assimilate” Muslims into Australian society. PM Howard says he uses unapologetically the word “assimilation”, couriermail reported on Thursday.

Prime Minister John Howard was asked in a radio interview this month whether $461 million had been spent on Muslim assimilation, and replied: "I'm sure there are some programs; I don't think they amount to that."

But Mr Howard added: "Well, there's every reason to try and assimilate – and I unapologetically use that word – assimilate a section of the community, a tiny minority of whose members have caused concern."

Queensland Labor senator Joe Ludwig questioned Immigration officials this week about the National Action Plan established after the July bombings in Britain in 2005.

Senator Ludwig said there had been recent speculation that as much as $461 million had been spent on programs including those helping Australian Muslims assimilate.

Senator Ludwig said he wanted to know exactly what programs worked towards assimilation, but told the hearing he could not get an answer. "I am still trying to get an answer, because it's part of financial accountability," he said.

Mr Metcalfe said the National Action Plan was developed specifically in a response to the London bombings.


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