Now that his backbenchers are demanding an inquiry it should have been enough for him to pull his head in until he at least discovered the enormity of the rort.
Both Abbott and Barnaby Joyce (who still refuses to return my calls) are over the moon about the recently negotiated free trade agreements, and those results are to be guardedly applauded. But the current halal hoax HAS BUGGER ALL TO DO WITH DAMNED MEAT EXPORTS!
There are 33 different halal certifiers in Australia plus another God knows how many Muslim opportunists getting in on the lucrative act. Each has their own different Arabic logo and each competes vigorously with the other for a share of the extortion goldmine, madly insisting that everything from beer and toothpaste to smoked salmon and sanitary pads must be certified.
And if animal welfare groups are not demanding the closure of Australian slaughterhouses then nothing is being halal slaughtered anyway. It’s just that the right amount of money is being paid to the right Islamic certifiers.
Every other country has only ONE registered government approved certifying body, even Islamic nations. Australian governments have always employed hundreds of licensed meat inspectors and there is no reason not to include a licensed Islamic inspector as a halal certifier.
Australia’s plethora of halal certifying charlatans have NO qualifications, they simply demand payments of up to $40,000 a month for the right to use their logo under the threat of killing off any existing or potential export market.
The processor/manufacturer is then forced to have his domestic goods halal certified too, for the sake of economic processing and continuity.
That’s why Vegemite and Coon Cheese are halal certified… although you don’t get to see the Arabic logo on the Coon Cheese until AFTER you have opened the packet.
Every Muslim trader I have spoken to says halal certification is nothing but a fraudulent impost on all honest businesses. It is proven that a proportion of the halal fees goes to proscribed terrorist organisations via a circuitous route using sham charities. They have been named and the systems have been detailed on Pickering Post’s 13 part series on halal.
Possibly hundreds of Islamic certifiers are running rampant across our domestic markets proudly boasting a billion dollar ripoff while Tony Abbott says we’re okay with that.
Well Tony, no! Actually we are NOT okay with that!
If the abolition of the carbon tax is estimated to save Aussie families $550 per year, then the abolition of the halal tax is estimated to save Aussie families at least $300 per year.
It’s a no-brainer, and guess what, you won’t even have to compensate us this time, just put a bloody stop to it!