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Federal funding revoked for Sydney’s Malek Fahd Islamic school

By: The Guardian Source: The Guardian The federal government has pulled funding to Australia’s largest Islamic school after the education department revoked its approval. The Malek Fahd school in Greenacre in southwest Sydney has had $19m in federal funding revoked. The federal Department of Education says it issued a notice revoking the school’s approval on Monday, due to “non-compliance” with the Australian Education Act. The education minister, Simon Birmingham, said the funding had been stopped because the money was not being spent exclusively on education. In November the government accused six schools affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, inlcuding Malek...

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New book claims Australia’s Abbott ‘used terror threat as political weapon’

By: JOHN STAPLETON Source: The NewDaily Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his controversial Chief of Staff Peta Credlin manipulated public opinion in relation to national security and the terror threat “on a mass scale” in a desperate effort to stay in power, according to a new book published this week. Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself, written by respected senior journalist Aaron Patrick, a deputy editor at The Australian Financial Review, explores in detail the dysfunction at the heart of the Abbott government. Throughout 2015, Mr Abbott’s office concentrated on the issue of terrorism, which the Prime Minister and his advisers saw as the best way of...

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2016 arrives with tight security

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Security is tight at New Year celebrations in cities around the world, as authorities confront threatened possible terror attacks against public celebrations. In Sydney, one of the first places marking the dawn of 2016, Australians enjoyed one of their biggest fireworks displays ever — seven tons of pyrotechnics for a 12-minute show that cost $5.1 million. In Russia, authorities have decided to shut down Moscow’s iconic Red Square, a popular spot to ring in the new year.  Though not officially acknowledged, the rare move seems aimed at concerns of terrorism following the October downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt and Russia’s ongoing...

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