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Wednesday, 14th November 2018

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Kirralie Smith

Kirralie Smith is the creator of the halal choices website, shopping guide book and phone app and an expert on halal certification of foods and supermarkets in Australia


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.

So, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and wages are not passed on to the consumer? Yeah right!

I came across this report on the Islamic website Muslim Village. Besides demonstrating how much inconsistency and in-fighting there is among Muslims trying to get a foothold in the lucrative certification business, it contains some other interesting facts.

The fascinating thing is that this article is co-authored by none other than Mr Ahmed Kalini. In it he reports that at least six Muslim-only slaughtermen are on site at any one time for Red Lea chickens.

You would have to assume it would be the same case at Steggles, Baiada and Inghams who also pay halal certification fees.

The report says,

“With regards to the Halal certification of Red Lea, Dr Anas informed us that Red Lea maintains a strict compliance with the rules of Halal machine slaughter permissible in the Shafi school of Islamic jurisprudence. Red Lea complies by having at least six Muslim slaughter men on the production line at any one time. The first slaughterman physically touches each chicken and recites the Tasmiyah [“Bismillah Allahu Akbar”]  just as the mechanical blade slaughters each chicken. Another two slaughtermen are positioned after the mechanical blade to hand slaughter any chicken missed by the mechanical process. Another Muslim is on standby in the slaughter room to fill in for any man that may to leave the line during the kill. Of the two remaining Muslims, one is on a rotating break whilst the other manages the sleeping gas [CO2] given to the chickens before they are slaughtered.”

And this doesn’t increase the cost of these chickens?

A chicken processing plant pays around $40,000 a year for halal certificates. Add to the $40,000 the wages of six Muslim-only halal slaughtermen and I think you are looking at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These six men are employed for the purpose of Islamic religious practices only and don’t seem to fulfil any other purpose concerned with the actual processing of the chicken. And we are meant to swallow the rhetoric that the company absorbs the cost?

Yeah, right!


OT Today on radio and TV, Little Willy Shortandum and the Little Fat and Frumpy Dumpy Jenny Macklin jointly announced that proposed government changes to pensions would result in a reduction to pensions of $80:00 per week.

Now I fully understand that there is no lie that a Communist can not and indeed will not tell. Karl Markz in his dictates to his comrades and supporters states that they are not to be bound by law or ethical considerations. I understand this. They are not hampered by the same restraints as people with normal standards of decency and integrity. I understand all that. I understand they are encouraged to lie; BUT!

BUT! Is there not some law or statute somewhere in our Democracy that prevents or punishes persons whom, by telling lies, scares the shite out of vulnerable pensioners and puts them under extreme mental torture and stress, by falsely stating their pensions are going to be be reduced by $80:00 per week?

The Equaliser, Mate just how many RDOs per week do you actually get?

I did see Graham, on the Oppos benches during QT, showing off something on his iphone and wondered if it was his comment on the pp!!

Poor widdle diddums sookysooky lala. Hey Dickhead how about YOU Fucking Off. Seems the majority wants to be rid of you. Now go away you insignificant little fuckhead.

Bruce will be very disappointed, as am I, at this latest bit of verse, Equaliser. Doesn't even rhyme.

Shorten got a free schooling so paying for something is foreign to him.He has never worked an honest day in his life.

Stevefrith, just what is the silence telling you? I know what it is telling me. it is telling me that Kirralie Smith is a private person with a private website that is doing her civic duty and alerting the general public to a money grabbing racket that they are paying through the teeth for. She does quite openly ask for donations from those who are interested in keeping her site going. However, she is not reliant on taxpayer funding from any government department and therefore you have no right to know where her finances come from.

But, the Lambie proposal to index soldiers pay to the CPI poses a couple of questions, and seems at odds with the statements made by parliamentarians from all side of politics whom unilaterally acknowledging that CPI is simply not the right index to keep pace with the cost of living.

The Lambie proposal, which I assume would exclude the Public Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI) and the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE) from the indexation formula for Soldiers pay, means the incomes of our soldiers will no longer keep pace with community income standards.

Veterans fought a long and hard battle over many years to have the CPI not used as the basis for calculating pay adjustments.

What is it that Lambie is striving for? Is it revenge on her fellow soldiers for her failed military career? Or,

Is Senator Lambie perhaps not well informed and making emotive populist pronouncements without really knowing what destruction she is likely to wrought?

Perhaps her thinking might clear if she were to repay the monies it is alleged she rorted from The Department of Veterans' Affairs? It might clear her conscious and clarify her thinking?
We can all dream.

Do you like this Poem Have left out the Authors NameOften our people faced adversity to protect a precious way of life
A nation of volunteers, shoulder to shoulder whatever the strife
Remember the sweat and blood that made young Oz great
Droughts, floods, ANZAC, Kokoda and always “she’ll be right mate”
Fair dinkum generous happy people in a free and lucky land
Yet given dreamtime and radicals, the following could be at hand

The last footy grand final has ended with a fiery blast
A few drinks at the local pub belong to the past
Forget Swy and the Melbourne Cup; such events are forbidden
Freedom of speech has been stolen and true history hidden
Gone Easter and Xmas and the good old ham is taboo
A prayer mat is now compulsory for me and you

Sheilas in Bikinis will be punished cos it’s a terrible sin
Hoods and black attire from the dark ages are back in
Women belong in the kitchen and bedroom
Told who they will marry and do it soon
Prowling, prying and religious police always in sight
Our beloved Southern Cross no longer glittering bright

Bigots and lunatics busy bullying by day and night
Laughter and joy replaced by gloom and fright
No more the words of Banjo and Henry to be read
Silent now the Christian faith as it cowers under the bed
Missing is the carefree playground and the sound of a school bell
Simply the piercing chanting cry of death to the infidel

Do we have the courage to confront the reality of future strife
To defend and protect our heritage and a most valued way of life
It’s not too late if we amend our laws and shut the bloody gate
Plus fair dinkum measures to educate them and us to assimilate
Surely it’s our duty to ensure a sweet tomorrow for all who follow
The joy of freedom and not oppression with bitter sorrow

Is there any ex serviceman on this site that remembers Gough Whitlam taking our DFRDB benefits - defence force superannuation - and putting it into consolidated revenue. There was 80 million dollars in that fund at the time. taking 80 mil out of the fund back then was one hell of a lot of money, he took it out to make his budget look good, That was labors way even back then, they haven't changed. I used to vote labor then but after that dog act I have never voted for thyem since and I never will.

Political Hypocrisy.

Time to Scrap their Entitlements:

REMUNERATION – Date of Effect 1 July 2014.


Base Salary for office (per annum)

Chief of the Defence Force > $535,100 - $764,420.
Commissioner of Taxation > $518,000 - $740,000.
Chief Executive Officer Australian Customs
and Border Protection Service > $483,840 - $691,200.
Auditor-General for Australia > $469,150 - $670,210.
Australian Statistician > $469,150 - $670,210.

Salaries of retired Prime Minister and Politicians

Office Additional salary (%) Salary as of 1 July
Prime Minister
160 $507,338
Deputy Prime Minister
105 $400,016
87.5 $365,868
Leader of the Opposition
85.0 $360,990
House of Reps Speaker
75.0 $341,477
Leader of the House
75.0 $341,477
Minister in Cabinet
72.5 $336,599
Parliamentary secretary
25.0 $243,912
Other ministers
57.5 $307,329
Shadow minister
25.0 $243,912

Source: Remuneration Tribunal.

So if I press all the right buttons, the TOTAL annual wages for the 150 seats in the Parliament are:

Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister


Leader of the Opposition

House of Reps Speaker

Leader of the House

Minister in Cabinet

Parliamentary secretary

Other ministers*
307,329 x 71 = A$21,820,359

Shadow ministers*
$243,912 x 71 = A$17,317,752

TOTAL ANNUAL SALARIES (for 150 seats) = $41,694,311 - PER YEAR!

And that’s just the Federal Politicians, no one else !

For the ‘lifetime’ payment example (below) I used the scenario that:

1. They are paid ‘lifetime’ salaries the same as their last working year and

2. After retiring, the average pollie’s life expectancy is an additional 20 years (which is not unreasonable).

3. It’s worth remembering that this is EXCLUDING all their other perks !

SO, for a 20 years ‘lifetime’ payment (excluding wages paid while a Parliamentarian)

Prime Minister @ $507,338 = A$10,146,760

Deputy Prime Minister @ $400,016 = A$8,000,320

Treasurer @ $365,868 = A$7,317,360

Leader of the Opposition @ $360,990 = A$7,219,800

House of Reps Speaker @ $341,477 = A$6,829,540

Leader of the House @ $341,477 = A$6,829,540

Minister in Cabinet @ $336,599 = A$6,731,980

Parliamentary secretary @ $243,912 = A$4,782,240

Other ministers** @ $307,329 = A$6,146,580 x 71 = A$436,407,180

Shadow ministers** @ $243,912 = A$4,878,240 x 71 = A$346,355,040


TOTAL ‘life time’ (20 year) payments, (excluding wages paid while in parliament) = A$833,886,220 –OVER $833 MILLION

Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Paul Keating, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, et al, add nauseum,are receiving:

$10 MILLION EXTRA at taxpayer expense.

Should an elected PM serve 4 years and then decide to retire, each year (of the 4 years) will have cost taxpayers an EXTRA

Two and a half million bucks a year ! A$2,536,690 to be precise.

A 2 year retirement payment cut-off will SAVE our Oz bottom lineA$792,201,909 *** NEARLY $800 MILLION.

There are 150 seats in House, minus the 8 above = 142 seats, divided equally for example = 71 each for both shadow and elected ministers.

This example excludes all wages paid while a parliamentarian AND all Perks on top of that - Travel, Hotels, Secretarial Staff, Speech Writers,

Restaurants, Offices, Chauffeured Limos, Security, etc. etc.

150 seats, 20-year payment of A$833,886,220 less annual salary x 2 years of A$83,388,622. [$41,694,311 x 2]

Dr. Dale Kerwin
School of Education
MT Gravatt Campus

Grifffith University
ph. 07 3735 5884
fax. 07 3735 5991
email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.”
Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)

You’re Right, you have found where the cuts should be made!

Action: Push for a MAX 2 year post retirement payment (give ‘em time to get a real job).

Subject: Change the Entitlements:

If a pension isn't an entitlement, neither is theirs (Politicians).

Politicians keep telling us that paying us an aged pension isn't sustainable.
Paying politicians all the perks they get is even less sustainable!

The politicians in Canberra brought it up, (Joe Hockey & Co), that the Age of Entitlements is over:

The author is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
At least 20 if you can. In three days, most people in Australia will have this message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around because the rot has to stop somewhere.

Proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over:

1. Scrap political pensions.
Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do.

2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) participate in Centrelink.
Politicians collect substantial salaries while in office but should receive no salary when they're out of office.
Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians, and negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.

3. Funds already allocated to the Politicians' retirement fund be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue.
This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them.

4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%.

5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people.
i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.

6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.

7. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/14.
The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to Politicians, that burden was thrust upon them.
Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.

Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career.
The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, it will only take three or so days for most Australians to receive the message.

Don't you think it's time?

It’s time to FIX Parliament and bring fairness back into this country !

hockey’s speech, Sorry boys, the Agenda to wreck this place and put everyone in debt is not quite going to plan, it is still on track but behind schedule. Don’t worry though I have my new instructions from the banking cartel and as soon as I implement them we will be back on track.

This was on the "Boycott Halal" Facebook page Member [DC] says: COPY AND PASTE THIS GREAT IDEA
While shopping in my local grocery, I noticed today, for the first time, a cashier wearing a hajib.
I made a mental note of her till number, and made a conscious effort to get a few extra items- pork: ham, bacon, chops... and also made an effort to find leaky packages of them too!
I was prepared for a full on mini war at this local store.
I got to her till, and baited the convayer belt with veggies... and ended it with drippy pork products.
Needless to say, when she saw the pork, she flagged down the head cashier, and asked, mid ring up, to take her break- NOW, as her religion blatantly forbid her to touch the remainder of my groceries- the pork.
To my shear joy and delight, the head cashier replied:
"If you are unable to preform your duties here, I suggest you quit. You asked to work here, and unless you are blind, you know 1/4 of all meat we sell is PORK. I have never heard of such nonsense in my life, but you either finish ringing this nice lady up, or quit. You're break isn't for another hour- and I don't need to put up with this, nor am I going to start catering to new employees."
I then added, with a sweet smile, that "the pork that was on top of the groceries, dripped all over my cart, and I would need to have them re-wrapped- sorry if she got bloody, sticky hands".
The cashier turned and left, and I didnt mind ONE SINGLE BIT, for a replacement to come. I even got 10% off- because I had to wait a few min for a new lady.
I would like to encourage EVERYONE to do the same.
If you can't find leaky packages, just put a small whole in one corner, with your KEYS....
P.S. while the pork chops where in a leaky package- no, it didn't contaminate or drip on my other groceries

Not me, Jack.

Good one, Jack. I had a laugh!

I had a squiz at the comments in the Muslim village page. The Muslims are different, for sure. Obsessive about everything. It is a difficult 100 years ahead of Australia.

Bob it is the same as the Co-payment for a visit to the GP, my wifes doctor does not bulk bill and it costs her about $32.00 with the rebate to visit her doctor, what is the big Fat Turd going to do for her - she is an aged pensioner. I wonder if Cloive Palmers' doctor bulk bills.

get you're hand off it will go blind.

you are one prick eh''

Sounds like $400K per annum, plus cost of insurance and other employment overheads. Easily half a mill. Well done Kirralie. Brave lady. Stick to it.