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School Security in Australia: Then and Now

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For many years in the past, learning institutions in the Land Down Under have continued carrying out its noble work of shaping minds and future leaders without having to deal with significant disruptions of a violent nature. Australian schools take pride in being safe academic havens for young learners, with international entities like he Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) affirming the exemplary performance of the school system in the country. In recent years, however, Australian citizens are witnessing the increased frequency of violent events in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and in the United States. Vivid and jarring stories of children using guns in academic institutions have introduced themselves in the consciousness of Aussies, sparking concerns and fears that the same may happen in their own educational establishments. As a consequence, there have been calls to examine and make necessary improvements in school security in order to prevent such tragedies from happening in Australian schools. However, some government officials have commented that the institutions “already have well-established and effective security procedures, including lock-outs and lock-downs.” Rather, education authorities are more interested in giving the necessary assistance to kids who show signs and behaviour that will translate into violent action. In addition to that, some parents, union leaders, and teachers have expressed their confidence in the current system and believe that there is no need to increase security. But despite this, the government allocated $10 million for safety upgrades in at-risk educational institutions as it is taking no chances when it comes to the safety of kids. Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister...