ABC’s Fact Check was so lame…
IMAGINE the media uproar if we had a food tax that quietly steered millions of dollars into the hands of Catholic priests.
That, of course, would be an outrage. Wouldn’t hear the end of the Left’s attacks on this sneaky sponsorship of a controversial dogma.
So why is there absolutely no protest from Left against a de facto tax on food that steers millions of dollars into the hands of Muslim imams?
ABC signalled the all-clear on halal certificates — yet I was struck by how lightly the ABC’s Fact Check presenter, John Barron, skipped over the true problem he unwittingly revealed when he presented the little he’d discovered about the largely secretive finances of the organisations issuing halal certificates.
“In Australia, there are at least 21 organisations that certify food as halal,’’ he told the ABC’s Lateline. One organisation that does publicly disclose their earnings from halal certification is Muslims Australia (otherwise known as [just one of the many groups] represented by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils).
In 2012, they collected a little under $650,000 from certification …
“Certification organisations say the money is used to fund mosques, schools and missionary work.”
Just one of the 21 organisations earned $650,000 from certification, and in just one year?
Clearly, the amounts being raised by all 21 groups together amounts to millions of dollars. This actually seems a substantial fundraiser for Islam.
Barron passed no comment on the fairness of companies effectively getting consumers — most non- Muslims — to subsidise mosques and Muslim missionaries.
But would those consumers really feel happy about sponsoring a faith whose most prominent practitioners often seem at odds with Australian society?
Islamic school allegations to be investigated by Christopher Pyne
The federal education minister Christopher Pyne will investigate allegations of stricter Islamic practices being introduced at the Islamic College of South Australia.
Pyne will write to the state government and to the principal of the school in Adelaide to inquire into the allegations that sparked protests on Friday.
According to media reports, the school has scrapped the singing of the national anthem, banned the playing of the piano on the grounds it is evil and stopped boys and girls sharing corridors, among a range of new measures.
The school has also come under fire from parents over the removal of a number of principals in recent years.
About 100 people gathered outside the grounds on Friday holding placards calling for the removal of the college board.
Pyne said the federal government took the issue very seriously.
“Obviously we want our children to get a sensible and secular education. Not an eduction that points them in a direction that we don’t want them to go,” Pyne told reporters.
In a statement on the college website, administrator Zulfiquar Ali said the board and school staff were disappointed by the protests and urged parents to consider the ramifications of their actions for the college and the welfare and safety of their children.
“We were disturbed that some parents actively encouraged their children to participate in the protest,” the statement said, in relation to previous action. “Those engaging in this will face disciplinary action.”