Research Shows Growing Muslim Alienation

September 12, 2005

Source: ABC News Online

On September 12, 2005 ABC News Online reported, "New research gauging Muslim attitudes shows rising alienation, especially among young people and a growing reluctance on their part to report suspicious activity to authorities. The research is being conducted for the Victorian Police by the Global Terrorism Research Unit at Monash University in Melbourne. Its early findings suggest Australia's hardline counter-terrorist policies could be backfiring because of Muslim youths' fears of being caught in the security net. Dr David Wright-Neville spent the last year interviewing Muslim leaders and others in Melbourne about how they see the Government's counter-terrorist policies. What he has found may set alarm bells ringing, with community leaders saying many of their youth are now reluctant to approach police if they suspect a terrorist plot, fearing they would automatically be thrown in jail."