The Greens have today called for the community to come together in the wake of the brutal shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng outside the police headquarters in Parramatta on Friday afternoon.
“My heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Curtis Cheng and Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar,” said Richard Di Natale, leader of The Australian Greens.
“This is tragic event. A fifteen year old boy committing such a hateful act will have a deep impact on our national psyche.
“That’s why it’s so important, now more than ever, for political, community, intelligence and law enforcement leaders to be united in their message to the nation and approach to counter terrorism.
“I’m encouraged to see a shift by the federal government towards greater and more meaningful engagement with Muslim community leaders along with stronger social engagement to deal with radicalisation in our community.
“The Australian Muslim community is also shocked and hurt by these heartbreaking events.
“It’s critical that the entire Muslim community is not blamed for the actions of an individual. We must strive more than ever to tackle the issues and circumstances that lead to social dislocation of young people in our society.
“I will work with other party leaders to ensure the effective cooperation between the intelligence and community engagement dimensions of counter terrorism operations,” said Senator Di Natale.
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