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Radicalisation Awareness Kit warns kids against alternative music and activism

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The Federal Government has released its Radicalisation Awareness Kit, which is to be rolled out to schools and supposed to give insight into how people can become radicalised.

Today, the hot topic is one of the case studies in the kit, which highlights Karen, a young lady who found her way into alternative music, student politics and left—wing activism.

Let’s look at these three components:

  • Alternative music – it’s a broad term but the Wikipedia page states it was music from the underground ‘80s, which became more popular in the ‘90s. The page goes on to name some of the more popular alternative acts in the 2000’s and includes Creed, Coldplay and U2.
  • Student politics – According to a Crikey article from 2010, the list of Australian Politicians who have been involved in student politics is extensive, including former PM Tony Abbott, Christopher Pyne, Peter Dutton, Joe Hockey and many more
  • Left-wing activism – LNP MP for Dawson, George Christensen accused the successful #illridewithyou campaign as“a typical pathetic left wing black arm band brigade campaign.”

The Radicalisation Awareness Kit goes on to finalise Karen’s story by insinuating that she was “saved” from radicalisation because she joined a mainstream environmental group, left her old friends behind and began the journey of her new life.

If you’d like to read more about the contents of the kits being distributed throughout schools, you can make up your own mind at this link.

 

 

 

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