Digging deep into the halal certification scam has not presented a pretty sight, but every dark cloud has a silver lining. I have been informed that a number of Coalition MPs are now ready to move on halal certification.
Australian consumers nervously worry that their hard earned dollars might be making their way from the checkout counter to terrorist organisations, which have tentacles reaching into Australia. It sounds like another conspiracy theory, until you take a closer look.
Competition amongst Australia’s halal certifiers is hot and getting hotter. There are 33 known certifiers in a country of fewer than 500,000 Muslims - a relatively small halal market. Many Muslims in Australia don’t strictly observe halal going by chats I’ve had with Muslim shop owners.
Very few Australians watched the Senate Estimates Committee last November when Gillian Triggs chaired an inquiry that proved her ability to eclipse Gillard as a Labor liar.
If the general public wasn’t forced to pay a food tax, with their money going to unknown Islamic causes in a highly-charged global and domestic environment, there wouldn’t be this level of outrage. The certifying scamsters claim that consumer objection is all about halal food. Not so!
The arcane Scotty Morrison is slowly firming to replace Tony Abbott but he doesn’t really want the poison chalice of a recalcitrant Senate right now and is keeping his powder dry. But he may be drafted (forced) into a depleted field of contenders.
Purveyors of halal certification use this threat to the Federal Government: “If you politicians touch our halal certification gold mine then we will destroy your meat export markets and with them, Australian jobs.” And I guess that’s why Barnaby Joyce refuses to return my phone calls.
Australia has had as many as 55 recognised halal certifiers (permitted by the grace and arrangement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). We currently have 33 halal certifiers which have formed into two main groups:
A mostly clueless, lazy and uninformed media lies asleep at the wheel, waking up occasionally to contrive shock-and-awe at every wink, mispronunciation or twitch of Tony Abbott. In the meantime, the biggest scam ever to involve every Australian - Muslims and non-Muslims alike– is allowed to proliferate right under the media’s snoring nose.
The backbench sharks are circling a bloodied Abbott while Fairfax and the ABC, desperate for a kill, are madly chumming the waters in anticipation. Tony Abbott has fought gallantly but his iridescent colours have turned to burnt umber and he is about to become bait for bigger fish.
The ‘Get Rich’ halal certifiers are now on the back foot. Consumers and Islamic scholars are pushing back against the halal moneymen. Politicians are listening to angry constituents. The issue is a hot topic on the public airwaves, online and in our Federal Parliament.
Gillian Triggs gave only a token reference to the Party that caused 2,000 children to be held in detention and no reference at all to the hundreds who drowned. Her love affair with Labor was on display and her lack of impartiality has destroyed her personal political plaything, The Human Rights Commission.
If we are to defeat and eradicate the ballooning number of halal certifiers who prey on our stupidity then our greatest allies will be Muslims themselves.
Islamic leaders are becoming louder in their criticism of halal certification, likening it to a Satan-inspired money grubbing scam that jettisons the Islamic faith. It has caused particular angst among Muslim elders in Africa, Indonesia, Australia and elsewhere.