YOU GOT RID OF THE CARBON TAX Australia... so now get rid of the Halal Tax
YOU GOT RID OF THE CARBON TAX
Australia... so now get rid of the Halal Tax
Toasted cheese with a dollop of
Vegemite was my favourite late night snack, but I leave off the Vegemite
now that it’s owned by the American company Mondelez International and
sports a little “Halal Certified” notice.
No worries, my Aussie owned and made Bega cheese still bubbled under the
griller while the jug boiled for a strong cup of tea.
That was until I noticed
this funny little Arabic hieroglyph on the back of my Bega cheese packet
too. Bloody hell, first my Vegemite and now my Bega cheese! No worries,
I'm happy with plain toast.
I wasn't game to go through the
whole fridge or I'd have starved.
Trying to find Aussie tucker on
the shelves is hard enough but trying to find tucker that is not
Islamically sanctioned is near impossible, and it’s meant to be.
An insidious and illegal
protection racket called “Halal Certification”
has worked its way through our food chains without us knowing a thing
Australian manufacturers and importers of food and drink are
actually paying Islamic halal certifiers up to $30,000 per month for the
honour of displaying this little Arabic sign.
So, who are these Islamic bastards who are adding to my grocery
bill? Well, the "Indonesian Council of Ulama", MUI, (which also
orders Fatwa rulings) is the Mafia style Islamic body organising the
multi-million dollar racket that forces Australian companies to pay
outrageous amounts to have their food certified as halal.
One major Aussie meat processor, who refused to be identified,
claimed he had been told to pay $27,000 a month for halal certification,
which of course was expected to be passed on to the consumer.
Mr Stephen Kelly, an executive of the Japanese-owned Nippon Meat
Packers in Queensland, said last year that MUI had banned his abattoirs
from selling meat into Indonesia because he had dealt with MUI’s
opposition for certification.
MUI’s opposition is the Australian certifier, "Halal Food
Services" (AHFS), who had undercut MUI’s price for certification and
the Indonesian company apparently calls the tune when it comes to
blackmailing Australian food companies.
From what I can discover there are halal certifiers in all
countries with South East Asia being regulated from Indonesia and the
governing body’s world headquarters are encamped in Saudi Arabia. There
are State branch halal authorities operating in Australia
Islamic websites claim all money
(estimated in the billions) goes to building Islamic schools but where it
actually goes after leaving Australia I shudder to guess.
The funny thing is a couple of years ago Aussie shoppers woke up
to the scam and began avoiding halal certified food, so all these little
Arabic motifs started disappearing.
Thinking this might lead to some sort of Fatwa I called a few
food manufacturers. None was prepared to speak to me, except Arnott’s,
who said they were attempting to resist some "standover
One distributor, who asked not to be named, was prepared to offer
an opinion: “They really don’t care if the halal sign is there or not,
they only insist it’s on the exported product and as long as the supplier
pays the monthly fee everything’s sweet. If they refuse to pay, then
their exports are at risk.”
Local clerics arrange for Muslims to flood Aussie food processors
with intimidating letters and phone calls threatening that unless they
pay fees to become halal certified, some, “pretty bad stuff will happen”.
When contacted last year over the scam, the Federal Department of
Agriculture said it had, “no power over religious certifiers”. But
another spokesman said, and get this one:
"The Australian Government values our close relationship
with MUI and will continue to work together with them to overcome issues
that affect the mutually beneficial trade in red meat to Indonesia."
I have asked the Dept of Agriculture if they have an update on
their response to halal certification, but am yet to receive a reply. I
have also left phone messages with Barnaby Joyce but it seems halal
certification is an uncomfortable subject.
An Islamic Council response?
"Hope this will clear the misconception of Halal issue for
all intent and purpose.
"The Halal Food Authority promotes animal welfare, adherence to food
safety, food hygiene and quality in compliance with the teachings of the
Islamic jurisprudence and faith." Blah blah blah, as soon as got to
the animal welfare bit I knew it was a load of Islamic camel
So it’s up to you Tony, no new legislation needed, no Senate
shit, just an appreciation of what is already thoroughly illegal and what
is hurting Australian shoppers. Of course it may also hurt relations with
our lovely Islamic friends.