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Terror victim's son makes plea for change

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Rebecca Chirichiello

Just over a year after NSW Police accountant Curtis Cheng was shot dead by a teenage terrorist, his son has made an emotional plea for change in Australia.

Alpha Cheng has penned a column for the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence, published on Monday, in which he reflects on the murder of his father at the hands of a radicalised 15-year-old outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta.

His slaying raised serious questions about what has gone wrong in Australia, Mr Cheng said.

"What has gone amiss in society when a 15-year-old believes that an act of violence like that is any sort of solution?" he asked.

"How is it that we have not created a society where everyone feels valued and safe?"

Mr Cheng has repeatedly called for his father's name to not be used to attack Muslims.

"It would be a further tragedy if my father's death was used to scapegoat an entire group in Australian society," he wrote.

Mr Cheng, a teacher, argued the cycle of disadvantage stems in part from the education system.

"Education should be the great equaliser, but in many cases and postcodes, it is still the great barrier," he said.

"No-one, especially young people, should feel any less of themselves or be disadvantaged because of their race, religion, identity - or their postcode."

"It is in this light that we can build a stronger, safer and more inclusive future for all."

The NSW Police headquarters has been renamed the Curtis Cheng Centre as a tribute to the long-time employee of the force but also a symbol that the community of NSW values life and values freedom, said Commissioner Andrew Scipione at a ceremony in September.

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