On September 22, 2005 the Australian Associated Press reported, "Victoria's religious community pledged to increase tolerance and reject terrorism at a multi-faith forum today. Hosted by Premier Steve Bracks and attended by more than 30 leaders, the forum issued a statement supporting Victoria's controversial racial and religious tolerance laws. The faith leaders also agreed to set up a working group to foster religious tolerance in their youth groups and develop interfaith networks. The meeting and its initiatives were 'an important defence against some young people thinking that extremist views are a simple and easy answer to their lives,' said Mr. Bracks."