The Inquiry has shot all the myth perpetrated by the bigots.
Fee collected for Halal certification is not a Tax.
Halal certification fees are nothing to do with the government.
Agreements between Certifiers and companies are private.
Not all kosher meat is sold to Jews.
Kosher slaughter do not stun sheep.
Cows are stunned AFTER kosher slaughter.
More myths will be shot down soon.
Can’t wait to see that. Knock yourself out, Elmo!
Elmo explains Islam:
Funny that these Islamorons have this need to tell any amount of lies about their barbaric cult. All of this nonsense above is easily debunked by reading Quran, sira & hadith. And if that’s not enough, read the history of 1400 years of Islamic jihad.
All’s not well with the inquiry. There’s a serious effort to derail it:
“Department deputy secretary Jo Evans stressed that the review was not aimed at Islamic groups.”
But its not the Methodists or the Baptists who are ripping us off!
Halal certifiers subject of confidential government review
Date: August 21, 2015 – 4:44PM
The existence of the halal certification review emerged at a Senate inquiry into third-party certification of food.
The existence of the halal certification review emerged at a Senate inquiry into third-party certification of food. Photo: Justin McManus
More than 20 Islamic organisations that are paid to certify Australian meat as halal are among food certifiers being quietly reviewed by the Abbott government.
The review, which has not been publicly announced and begun in the past two months, involves a number of government departments sharing information about the “fit and proper standing” of halal certifiers and groups that provide organic meat certification.
The existence of the review emerged at a public hearing of the Senate inquiry into the third-party certification of food – otherwise known as Senator Cory Bernardi’s halal inquiry.
The inquiry heard that there are currently 22 individual Muslim groups in Australia that certify meat as halal for export to Islamic countries in the Middle East and south-east Asia.
There are 70 export-orientated abattoirs in Australia supplying a global halal market that the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry forecasts will be worth US$1.6 trillion by 2018, up from US $1.1 trillion in 2013.
The Senate inquiry has been deluged with more than 700 submissions from the public. A sample of submissions reveals angst in the community that halal certification is a “scam” and an “Islamic tax” that is funding the spread of Islam.
“It is my opinion that the current Halal Certification rort is a sneaky and underhanded way of forcing a particular religious ideology onto Australian consumers,” wrote Ruth Green in an emailed submission.
In its submission, the Halal Certification Authority Australia, said: “Misinformation about Halal certification is false and designed to taint Halal certification in general and HCAA in particular for bigoted reasons.”
Agriculture Department first assistant secretary Greg Read told senators that “a number” of halal certifiers had been investigated but he could not say whether any had been deregistered.
Committee chairman Sam Dastyari asked Mr Read: “Have any of the other agencies or departments … come to you about concerns about any of the current 22 organisations?”
“We are currently working through that now … there are discussions in that sort of area that are occurring between departments and so that’s still in its infancy. It’s not appropriate to make too much more comment,” he replied.
Mr Read said the objective was to “give a high level of confidence” around certification groups.
Department deputy secretary Jo Evans stressed that the review was not aimed at Islamic groups.
The inquiry is seeking clarity around how much food certification costs and its benefits. One estimate offered to the committee on Friday was that halal groups receive $20 million to $30 million to approve halal-slaughtered meat each year.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council, which also appeared, believes the cost of certification is “negligible” compared with the export benefits it delivers.
Markets for Australian meat — including Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia — insist on specific halal certification to import Australian beef and sheep meat.