Leftist media attacks Australian party candidate party for not wanting to eat halal meat


Not wanting to eat meat sacrificed to a strange god is “divisive” and “racist”.

Geeks from the state-run media and  the Sydney Moonbat Herald would force halal down your throat, if only they could.

A candidate for Bob Katter’s fledgling political party declared his preference for buying ”guaranteed non-halal meat” so his money does not ”go to the Muslim community”.

Jamie Cavanough, who is standing for Katter’s Australian Party in Sydney’s most marginal federal seat, Greenway, is under fire for the apparently divisive comments he made to a community forum in one of the city’s most ethnically diverse areas.

Katter’s Australian Party played down the comments on Friday, describing them as a non-issue.

Jamie Cavanough and Bob KatterFacebook posting … Jamie Cavanough with party founder Bob Katter. Photo: Supplied

“Some Australians want crunchy peanut butter, others want smooth peanut butter, some Australians want halal meat and some want non-halal meat – these are the great freedoms we enjoy in this country,” the party’s national director Aidan McLindon told Fairfax Media.

Mr Cavanough’s comments emerged a day after a Katter candidate in Victoria, Tess Corbett, sparked outrage by likening homosexuals to paedophiles, saying they should be kept out of the classroom. She was then backed up by potential Queensland candidate Bernard Gaynor. Ms Corbett has since quit her candidacy and Mr Gaynor has been sidelined.

Mr Gaynor, who was suspended from the party on Thursday following comments about gay teachers and abortion, complained of double standards.

He said on Friday he would fight his suspension as other candidates or nominees had expressed personal opinions and not faced consequences.

”I might add, I support these comments from Jamie Cavanough, as I know many in the party do,” he said in a statement issued on Friday afternoon.

”More importantly, I support the freedom for all Australians to express their opinion.”

Mr Cavanough made his comments on Saturday, less than a fortnight after controversy in the Greenway community over plans for a supposed Muslim enclave, dubbed ”Halal housing”, in Riverstone.

Mr Cavanough posted on the Riverstone Community Group forum, which has 732 members on Facebook: ”Can anyone advise me where I can buy Guaranteed NON halal lamb for Australia day.”

When a forum user suggested he might try a butcher, Mr Cavanough replied: ”have not asked yet, just wondering if anyone new [sic] of any, I would prefer to always buy non halal as proceeds of halal goes to the Muslim community.”

And in a separate post, Mr Cavanough called on people to sign a petition against a supposed plan by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to scrap the name Australia Day in favour of Harmony Day, saying ”the Muslim church is in favour of this”. The Prime Minister’s office confirmed there was no such proposal.

Mr Cavanough told Fairfax Media he was simply looking for a better deal on meat and his comments were not racially motivated.

”In my view, and it’s not the view of any party, I want to be able to purchase a product that has not been faced to a god that I don’t believe in and blessed,” he said.

”Every time something is deemed halal they pay for the right. I have no problem with Muslims; I breed sheep and cattle and sell them to Muslims. I don’t care what they do with them, I was just simply asking where I can purchase [non-halal meat].”

With several controversies over recent days, Katter’s Australian Party confirmed that candidates would be reminded of their responsibility towards the party’s policies, as opposed to their own personal views.

Mr McLindon said that he had spoken to Mr Cavanough on Friday morning.

“Some may chose to interpret [his] comments as naive, others will [interpret them] as poor political judgment,” he said.

“It’s up to the discretion of people where they want to put their money, but sometimes it is best to keep those things to yourself.”

Mr McLindon said that as a small business owner, Mr Cavanough dealt with Muslim people on a daily basis, and got along with them.

On Thursday, party leader Bob Katter appeared on Channel Ten’s The Project for a fiery interview, in which he refused to be drawn on his candidates’ views about homosexuality.

“A leader should concentrate on the important issues,” he said. “I’m not talking about it.””These issues are not relevant to what I am about in politics.”

On Friday morning, Mr Katter again refused to answer questions on Canberra local radio about the controversial comments.

Mr Katter hung up on 2CC’s Pete Davidson during the on-air interview at 8.30am.

During the fiery exchange, Mr Katter said Mr Davidson and the media generally insisted on focusing on “gutter issues” rather than important problems such as water security.

“You are saying that somehow we are racist. There is not the slightest threat of that in our party and there never has been,” Mr Katter said.

“You’re trying to label us with some sort of a label.”

Labor’s Michelle Rowland, the sitting MP for Greenway, which covers parts of Blacktown, Seven Hills and Parklea, said ”my jaw has just dropped” when told of Mr Cavanough’s comments.

”I think those comments are bizarre, I think they are out of line and I think they are totally inappropriate for someone seeking to represent the seat of Greenway, which is a diverse part of Australia,” she said.

Mr Cavanough has been courting the conservative vote in the absence of a Liberal candidate in Greenway. Fairfax Media revealed recently that Liberal Party officials were waiting for Tony Abbott to give his blessing to one of a list of candidates in the must-win seat, with concern growing at the delay in choosing a candidate.

with Canberra Times, Judith Ireland, Daniel Hurst


5 thoughts on “Leftist media attacks Australian party candidate party for not wanting to eat halal meat”

  1. I have personally been subjected to outright viciousness from people about my refusal to buy products labelled “halal”. Not just curiosity or PC denial; I mean LOATHING. Not from Muslims, either, but from Aussies. (Mind you, some Ausssies have been in fervent agreement with me.)
    To some people, it’s “divisive” to not want Islam shoved down your throat at every moment of the day. They are obviously of the opinion that unity – any unity – is better than the exercise of freedom of conscience. These people prefer evil to “division”.

  2. “It’s up to the discretion of people where they want to put their money, but sometimes it is best to keep those things to yourself.”

    Unfortunately, the first part of that sentence is becoming less true every day, so the second part is doubly wrong: if we can’t choose, is it wrong to mention that?

    But hey, it’s Australia Day…let’s celebrate multiculturalism and the dissolving of Australia!

  3. Never in a 1,000 years would I eat that stuff, and not just because it has been blessed, ‘er cursed, but the fact that conditions in the slaughter houses are bad news…and the horrific abuse of the animal.
    One wonders where Peta is..they have had no problem protecting Bambi for years assuring Lyme Disease/ticks all over New England. Bad enough the halal is injected into the public schools, but now they want to enter the cosmetic industry…egads, god help us.If they can use crap leftover diseased meats and insert them into other meat mixtures, god only knows what they’d put into cosmetics or rx’s.

    The moe brohood involvement in this leaves even more NOT to be desired. Couple that with a special tax attached to the sale of their meat, and you get to pay for your eventual slaughter…how sweet!

    “Undercover investigations have found that the halal industry is increasingly controlled by organizations belonging to the Muslim brotherhood. When consumers buy Halal food, part of the price paid goes as a fee to Halal Islamic experts who devoutly pay Zakat Tax on their income – one-eighth of which funds Islamic Freedom Fighters… in other words Islamic Terrorist groups, such as the Mujahideen.”

    “Wealthy muslims, including the Muslim Brotherhood, have been financing the fast paced Halal Industry from the start and want payback… this it is clearly becoming more apparent now as we are beginning to witness the inevitable convergence of the Halal and Islamic Finance sectors…”

    For an in depth look into halal, a good source is found in this url….

  4. In France they found serious health issues with Halal meat, I think quite dangerous for children.

    The halal stamp (basically our financial contribution to the islamisation of Australia) is found on things that are “halal” by nature anyway like honey etc. The Halal promoters take Australians for idiots and are proven right in that far too often.

    I challenge you to find a locally produced smoked salmon that does not have the Halal stamp on it. I have now, for the past year bought only imported smoked salmon, the only one available in Australia not- halal stamped. The irony is that it is “Kosher”, but then the Jews do not IMPOSE their product on us.

    Please do check for the Halal stamp (it’s often very small and quasi hidden. I even bought some packets of low-fat cheese slices which were one of the rare ones without the Halal stamp. Coming home, I openend the plastic box and, to my angry surprise, I found the Halal stamp on the inside packing.

    You buy Halal = you finance Jihad. Simple as that. Oh, and yes, you endanger the health of your children, and your own when you eat Halal meat.

    So, even though I’m not a fan of Katter, I would vote for his candidate who, like me, wants the freedom of choice and protection from lies.

  5. @ PJG I too feel somewhat reluctant, but have meanwhile overcome my shyness and point out – at least to the staff in the supermarked ails, that I am looking for NON-HALAL (cheeses or whatever), and I am surprised at how many of them do not have the faintest idea about what is “Halal”. I got quite a few potential “converts to the love of freedom” like that 😉

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