Anyone who hasn’t been sleeping under a rock now knows the practice of halal certification is a highly sophisticated, spectacularly lucrative, international extortion racket.
A few weeks ago Chris Smith interviewed me on Sydney’s 2GB radio along with a Mr Ahmed Kalini from the ‘halal-certification industry’, as he was introduced to listeners. Mr Kalini was trying to insist that halal certification fees are miniscule and are not passed on to the consumer. I disagreed.
The Royal House of Saud, terrified that its ally the US is closing in on oil self-sufficiency, has defied OPEC and slashed oil prices in order to cripple the massive US shale oil industry and effectively stem further oil exploration.
Good advice in Opposition may not be as good in Office. PM advisers, married couple, Peta Credlin and Brian Loughnane, have sought to protect and isolate Tony Abbott from his own Ministry and, in the process, it’s making a lot of people angry and making the Prime Minister look like an idiot.
One thing I'll say about the Rudd/Gillard 'Gumments', they provided extraordinary entertainment. As the country plunged deeper into the abyss and became an international comedy show, our gobs were smacked daily with each new revelation and bungled power plays. Sure they plunged us into the Mariana Trench of debt which most of us will never see erased, but they were so bad, they were comical. The Laurel and Hardy of the political set.
The AFP drug haul of a record three tonne of ecstasy (MDMA) and ice (crystal meth) was successful in “keeping billions of dollars worth of dangerous drugs off our streets”. If only that were true. Actually, the only success achieved was that of an AFP public relations coup.
"This is a win for the unions", said Premier-elect Daniel Andrews. It wasn’t a phrase he used during the election, but it was immediately after, and it could spell disaster for the Garden State. It also means a severe migraine for Abbott and don’t expect Andrews to offer him any Panadol or assist with his proposal for GST reform now that Vic seems determined to join SA and Tas on a disability pension.
Victorians’ short memories have enabled Labor's Dan Andrews to start a hot favourite in today’s poll. In a late rush Denis Napthine has closed the gap but it may not help him because at least one quarter of the ballots have already been lodged as pre-poll and postal votes.
Every time you buy groceries from the supermarket it’s most likely you’re paying an Islamic tax to the government of Saudi Arabia. Today, around 80 per cent of supermarket food produce from Australia’s largest and most iconic brands are Halal Certified. An estimated 500 Australian based food companies pay this Islamic tax which is passed on to you at the checkout.
Although he had little lapses in confidence Phil Hughes was capable of tearing a world class attack to pieces and it was exhilarating to watch him in full flight. But somehow you knew he was gone before he hit the ground at the Gee... and the players knew it too.
The Lebanese CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, earned (that’s probably the wrong word) an unprecedented $4.8 million last year. It made the ABC’s Mark Scott’s $800,000 look miserly and made him the highest paid postman in the world, ten times higher than the top US postman who runs a business 20 times larger. Not bad for a public servant.
There is a lot of confusion about supermarket meat and whether or not it is halal certified. The thing is in a lot of cases the meat they source is in fact halal slaughtered and fees are paid. The supermarkets cannot label the meat as such though because the meat is then transported, stored or sold along with haram (forbidden) items such as pork.
The timing is out, there’s little spark and what there is is retarded, the mixture is all wrong and it has a compression ratio of 2:1. Where’s the verve, the moxie, the passion from a vintage Party that was swept to power in record numbers? Where’s the ex-boxer with the guts to get up off the canvas, wipe away the blood, get on the front foot and start swinging?