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When It's A Halal Of A Business

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


Halal certification is a profitable business not a charity.

The Adelaide mosque has been found to be raking in approximately $200,000 a year as a halal certifier and doing so as a charity - avoiding taxes and other regulations.

After failing to comply with its legal obligations to submit annual financial reports, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) revoked the charity status of the Adelaide mosque. In a desperate attempt to regain the charity status they finally submitted the reports which showed almost two thirds of its $300,000 income is raised through halal certification.

The senate inquiry into Third Party Certification heard evidence and received submissions that revealed corruption, misuse of profits, bribery, over pricing and more are rife within halal certification schemes. It was clearly shown, that despite the 1982 Royal Commission findings that halal certification fees should be about cost recovery, it has become a very lucrative business, making huge profits from Aussie companies and consumers.

In many instances the profits are made as exorbitant fees are charged to companies on products that are already halal compliant. The fees charged by these mosques and halal certifiers are simply to state the obvious, that most products in fact do not contain blood, pork or alcohol. Some companies are paying up to $27,000 a month for halal certificates. The senate committee heard one business was quoted $800,000 for an annual fee!

There are recommendations made by the senate committee yet to be implemented but this is certainly a promising start. The recommendations included more government regulation and clearer labelling which will result in less ability to profiteer.- avoiding business taxes and other regulations.

Unlike most churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, Islam uses mosques to implement its totalitarian, legal, political, military ideology. While 'worship' may indeed occur in a mosque, so do a lot of other activities.

Prayer and fasting is a personal and rather benign activity that isn’t a threat to anyone. How different religions choose to practice these worship elements in their own buildings is up to them. But when the so-called religious entity crosses over into business, political, legal or military activity it must be subject to Australian law.

One law only and one law for all.

Sharia law is completely and utterly incompatible with Australian democratic law that champions freedom and equality. Women, gays and other minority groups are hugely disadvantaged by Islamic sharia practices and attitudes. It has been reported several times over the past few years that Sharia law is indeed being executed in Australian Muslim communities where women are subject to barbaric Islamic practices surrounding divorce, inheritance and custody.

Women’s rights are diminished and abused under Sharia law as the woman has very little entitlement in these issues. She can only access half the inheritance of her brother, she has little to no rights when it comes to the custody of her children (particularly when they reach the age of 7), and the settlement outcomes regarding divorce severely disadvantage the wife in our culture.

Many of these Muslim women are simply not aware of their rights as Australian citizens, as in some cases, they are confined to the Islamic community and the mosque and are never encouraged to integrate. Some are also threatened with reprisal or isolation if they go outside the bounds of Sharia and appeal to Australian democratic law.

It is the mosques that teach and promote Sharia through the recitation and preaching of the Quran. It is in mosques that meetings are held to discuss and act on issues of politics and law. Mosques are attended by wanna-be jihadis who have been planning attacks here and overseas.

As we know the gun used in the jihad attack that killed Curtis Cheng was obtained from Parramatta mosque.

Mosques are not the same as other places of worship, as they carry out varied activities unrelated to worship. These inconsistencies must be addressed and investigated. If the mosques have nothing to hide then there ought to be no problems in being transparent and accountable.

My assumption though is they won’t. Most halal certifiers refused to be subject to our democratic processes regarding the senate inquiry. All were invited to make submissions and given invitations to attend the hearings. All but two refused.

The opportunity to put to rest the so-called misconceptions were passed up. As a result the senate inquiry discovered there is indeed corruption, over pricing, little regulation and countless problems surrounding the industry.

In the case of the Adelaide mosque it has lost its charity status due to non-compliance with a legal requirement under the ACNC rules. Halal certification is a business not a charitable activity. To have the charity status revoked is a good start.

But what will happen now?

Will the government recover appropriate taxes owed to the Australian public? What other investigations will be conducted?

Communism, Nazism, Christianity and other belief systems are subject to rigorous analysis, criticism and debate. It is time the same standards were applied to Islam in this country.

(Kirralie Smith is the Director of Halal Choices and the NSW Senate Candidate for Australian Liberty Alliance)




Hi guys, due to recent server issues I have disabled the notifications to see if that is causing the issues with the website being down a lot lately.

They will scream 'racial discrimination'............and then 'our' authorities will back down.

· Why does the Left media protect the left?
· Because the political commentators of the Left media are either intermingled or married to the left politicians.
· It’s a family thing and they protect their own.
You see ………..
· Greg Combet (Labor) partnered to Juanita Phillips (ABC).
· Gai Brodtmann (Labor) married to Chris Uhlmann (ABC)
· David Feeney (Labor) married to Liberty Sanger (guest commentor on ABC)
· Barry Cassidy (ABC) former speech writer for Bob Hawke (Labor) from 1986-1991
· Heather Ewart (ABC) married to Barry Cassidy (ABC) speech writer for Bob Hawke (Labor) from 1986-1991
· Maxine McKew (ABC) married to Bob Hogg (former ALP national secretary)
· Maxine McKew (ABC) became Labor politician.
· Virginia Trioli (ABC) married to Russell Skelton (The Age)
· Mark Kenny (Fairfax) married to Virginia Haussegger (ABC)
· Christine Wallace (ABC & Fairfax) married to Michael Costello (former Chief of Staff to Labor’s Kim Beazley)
· Annabel Crabb (former Fairfax journalist now with the ABC)
· Tony Jones (ABC) married to Sarah Ferguson (ABC) Coincidentally Jones took over the Lateline role from Maxine McKew (from ABC presenter to Labor politician)
· David Penberthy (journalist) married to Kate Ellis (Labor)
· Paul Kelly (former Fairfax journalist) formerly married to Ros Kelly (Labor)
· Kerry O’Brien (ABC) former press secretary to Gough Whitlam.
· Mark Colvin (ABC) married to Michelle McKenzie (Leichhardt deputy-mayor and Greens Councillor)
· Denis Atkins (ABC Insiders regular) married to Melanie Christensen (ABC Canberra)
· Paul Barry (ABC) married to Lisa McGregor (ABC)
· The lamentable Mike Carlton (formerly Fairfax) and Morag Ramsay (ABC)
· Andrew Fraser (Fairfax) and Catriona Jackson (formerly Fairfax and Labor press secretary)
· And so the list goes on.
Labor, Fairfax and the ABC are joined at the hip.
Much like the relationship between Labor and the unions.
Why do they protect Burke where they savage Bishop?
They’re just looking after the family.............(wearing "I'll ride with Burke" T-shirts.)
What else can you expect from YOUR ABC?

Why is it that mozzies love goats? Is it because they are into 'kids'!

Michel, no worries,...whatever is done it will still add up to more bureaucracy. Rosa, too right, whatever happened" to computers will eliminate paper"?

HK. Whoops! you never know to whom you speak, eh? But, nonetheless, I will 'stick to my guns" My old Dad was a senior PS in Local Gov. in London. How different were things in the mid-to late 1900s. Dad would NEVER discuss politics; perhaps because he was a free mason, but more because his bosses ( the Councillors) swapped between left and right. And he had do give them fearless impartial advice always. They respected him and his fellow Chief Officers. There were many other aspects to his terms of employment that would seem brutal these days ( to do with his personal wealth, if he made egregious mistakes) that would be laughed at today.

excuse the typos, I can see a few...but you'll get the gist of my magnus opus....

Michel, I understand where you're coming from but outsourcing government activities to third world countries is a complete nonsense and failure to deal with the underlying problem.

As an aside, I have a background as a senior Canberra mandarin and diplomat and called it quits in 1991 to set up my own company which I've operated since then. So I have some first-hand insight into the Federal and State bureaucracies and their strengths and weaknesses.

When I joined in the 1960s, there were fewer “departments” and overall numbers were modest. You never sensed that people had much slack time. There were malingerers and people with personal issues but that’s common in all work places – nothing new there. Departmental structures had fewer “managers” and a clear, stratified work-value set-up with clerical assistants, clerks, managers and senior managers. You recognised senior management as people of considerable experience, well qualified, and a political. Then came Whitlam and the game changed ever so dramatically.

A political bureaucrats were increasingly under the direction of political animals parachuted in to ensure the advice and work of the public service was in keeping with what Whitlam and his band of merry men (mostly) and women (the odd one) wanted or demanded. Impartial bureaucratic advice and decision-making was replaced with partisan, blatantly political policy frameworks and decisions.

Keep in mind, the public service produces nothing – it’s role is either to collect taxes or hand out tax money. And Whitlam was good at both although he didn’t bother to check the balance sheet or profit and loss at any time – hence, he ran out of money faster than he could collect it. The public service departments, quangos and staffing soared and they haven’t stopped since then. The politicisation became more extreme with Hawke/Keatingwith few Labor politicians or Labor in general either respecting or fostering an independent, lean public service. One only has to look at how Rudd, in particular, treated non-partisan senior public servants to appreciate the contempt he showed to towards independent, balanced advice.

Non-partisan, public servants are now few and far between, there has been a flattening of staffing structures and a general blurring of work value. Whereas once there were support staff to do the more basic /menial work which is part and parcel of administration, now you have overpaid junior staff and senior staff doing everything themselves from sorting documents, filing, photocopying, typing, etc. You see, if someone was called a “clerical assistant” nowadays that would be demeaning the position and the person – so now everyone is a senior manager, manger or a junior manager and paid as managers. Everyone is much happier. So a person earning say, $120-200K does everything from the menial to the complex rather than employing someone on $40K to be the gopher and make the place run more efficiently and cost effectively.

But keep this in mind also – salaries and perks have sky-rocketed along the way with the help of unions – most public service workplaces are pretty well unionised and they have managed to milk successive governments to put in place terms and conditions of employment which were supposed to bring them into line with the private sector. In reality, public servants generally now enjoy benefits far beyond private sector norms and have considerably more staff numbers to perform the same work-load.

I did work with the infamously “razor gang” unit put in place when Whitlam was ousted. We reviewed every government program and unit – we prepared one page summaries of every program because to have produced anything longer would have taken too long and we’d never get the qick decisions which were needed to wind-up ridiculous, wasteful handout programs which were simply soft grants to industry and people who neither needed the assistance nor should ever have received government handouts. There are still too many programs and way too many handouts at all levels of government – the problem is the more government spends on wasteful , unnecessary programs the more it reinforces an “entitlement culture” from which it is exceedingly difficult to retreat, politically.

I know from experience that a cut of 30-40% in public service numbers would have almost zero effect on the efficiency and output of the public service at any level. The only impact it would have is to make the remaining public servants do a proper days work for a proper days wage.

In fairness 20-30% of bureaucrats are hardworking, talented people who could match it with anyone at any level in the private sector. But the longer one stays in the public service, the culture eventually grips you and it’s hard to remove yourself from the lifestyle and security a public service position affords. I left the public service as a contracted person because I’d had enough of the mind-numbing environment where people were no results oriented and it took forever to get anything done and even longer to get decisions made. I couldn’t stand mediocrity any longer.

The public service is a monster with huge tentacles – it cannot be killed: at best you might hack off some tentacles. Sending work offshore is little more than a “ head in the sand” solution, because public service numbers both locally and overseas will grow inexorably….

And there I was travelling back to QLD yesterday afternoon and stopped at the Yelgun roadside rest stop pulling up alongside a maroon people mover. It was not for a few minutes did I notice the very well fed occupants pile into said people mover and not bother to buckle up before moving off that I noticed the number plate, which was consistent with the occupants ... HALAL1 ... now guess where the money goes ......

HK, I kid you not, even the Unions have unleashed, so I reckon it's a go-er. And I think it would be a good thing. All the useless overpaid idle good-for-nothing public servants would have to discover what we all have to do to keep them in their cushy jobs. And their cost could well be halved! This is one idea I will keep asking WWW as to when it will be implemented.

Country communities are most protective of their ABC. Commercial radio broadcasters long ago abandoned the interests of country communities. ABC rural radio is a top service.

Go for it Michel, unleash that inner genius and mellifluous voice - flow forth....Tell me you're not serious about the government contemplating outsourcing government work off-shore? It's just one of the hundreds of kites they've floated since Lord Wentworth became king of the dung heap - his new found "innovation"....

Oooops, I think you'll find one of your earlier posts opened up a new front for comment, Monte. It seems, from your perspective, that DV, disrespect of women, sexual violence, misogyny, bogans, obscene fright-bats, expletive/colourful language along with booze-laden footballers giving it to some girls was more prevalent in the realm of conservatives, conservative politicians and senior government ministers. Whereas the "working class" and their Labor/union representatives are the models of civility, show only the utmost respect to women, stand up for women's rights, breast feeding in public, can pick a misogynist at 40 paces and every other evil thing visited upon our women folk by us nasty white males conservatives. Oh, and by the way, in which ranks do the Islamic apologists reside? Mmmm

Now we’re talkin’!
The government is asking private enterprise to advise on employing services to process non-sensitive public service work overseas in India, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Naturally the Unions have arced up, but if this happens the saving in labour costs to the overburdened tax payer will be considerable.
Mind you, displaced Australian civil serpents will need to attend re-education camps to be acquainted with actually working for their pay; painful, but if successful will release them for productive employment, and thereby recoup their income tax contributions AND increase national product.
The other benefit, which will not please the Unions, is that more third world workers can be lifted into the middle class.

Montego Bay, I now understand just how immoral it would be to deny the world the benefit of my genius.
So I will continue to contribute to Pickering Post.
Settle down; I don’t seek your adulation.
This I do from unalloyed altruism

Evidently the expletive laden, routine rantings by the male-hating, lefty fright-bats fraternity (Jane Caro, Clementine Ford, Margo Kingston, Van Badham, Anne Summers, Julia Gillard, Penny Wong and Jenna Price to name but a few) should be conveniently overlooked, eh Monte?

And not to be left out there are some of those left-lunatic union luminaries outed by the Royal Commission whose language towards females trying to do their jobs on work sites should also be overlooked? But of course they should be overlooked because they are on the correct side of the political fence.

Ah, how the left moralists must glow with pride at those champions of virtue upholding the left's ten commandments namely:

1. play the community as suckers
2. use public moneys with gay abandon
3. use union members money as your own
4. call in the muscle to enforce Labor policies
5. rape, pillage and rob with immunity
6. covert thy neighbour's wife because she's just a moll
7. call male conservatives misogynists that really upsets them
8. remember laws are for the great unwashed not union and Labor Party elites
9. massage facts and information until it supports your case or argument
10. don't forget Lenin and Marx's greatest message: " as you're told or we'll do you in"

Bronwyn Bishop to stand for pre-selection. I really hope she fails to gain pre-selection, even if that means the Libs putting in a LaborLite Turnbull cypher candidate. The lady is past her use by date - in every possible way.

Disreali Mon 18 Jan 2016 09:38:54 pm

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

Cloivey Baby is a complete shit. He cares not one bit about his workers or people in general. The way he has treated people at the Resort on the Sunshine Coast, now the workers in Townsville may not get there entitlements. It has been suggested that he took money from the Nickle Mine to fund his vindictive political campaign against the Libs in Qld. Come on Qld Gov sort this grub out. The man disgusts me.

opening her legs to the right people just maybe got her that gig