A surprisingly balanced article

My good friend, Kirralie Smith, was recently interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald. That the newspaper even gave her time was surprising.

And it was even more so that the article was fair.

To top it all off, Kirralie was rightly recognised as an ‘emerging’ conservative leader:

“This broader political outlook, and Smith’s articulate direct manner, has led some observers to speculate that she is a potential leader for a new conservative movement, one energised by the international populist surge.

She is, says John Adams, a former Coalition adviser who has written about the need for more intellectual depth in the new conservative movement, a more capable and charismatic messenger than, say, Pauline Hanson. (“I think Pauline has a lot of good sentiment, I am not sure about the ability,” says Smith of Hanson.)”

In my view, Kirralie Smith has been one of Australia’s conservative leaders for some time now. She has led the charge against halal certification and galvanised a great deal of support with her charm, articulate presentations and energy. I have been proud to work with her.

But, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Kirralie Smith and the Q Society are facing tremendous challenges, including a defamation suit from halal certifier, Mohammed el Mouelhy:

Smith received relatively little attention during the last federal election as a NSW Senate candidate for the Australian Liberty Alliance, the political offshoot of the Q Society, which describes itself as “Australia’s leading Islam-critical movement”…

…But she is likely to receive far more press in the coming weeks as the co-defendant in a defamation action being brought by the businessman Mohammed El-Mouelhy, who was the subject of a critical video produced by the Q Society and presented by Smith.

Already Smith and the Q Society, also named in the suit, have rallied an impressive line-up of public supporters, including Coalition right-wingers Cory Bernardi, George Christensen and the former MP Ross Cameron, who are among a handful of public figures set to address fundraisers to be held in Sydney and Melbourne on February 9 and 10.

This is just one Facebook post from El-Mouelhy about these fundraisers (clicking on ‘more’ will let you read the entire post in all its glory):

Kirralie Smith is not just defending herself in this action. She is defending the right of all Australians to express concerns about halal certification in particular and Islam in general.

We cannot afford to see her lose this battle.

If you would like to attend one of the fundraising dinners in Sydney (9 February) or Melbourne (10 February), please click here. Tickets are $150. That is expensive, but as I know firsthand, it is also expensive to fight in court.

If you can’t attend, you can also donate here.

Click here to read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Australia has had a Muslim population for probably over 200 years now and these people are par of our community, as much as anyone else. However the one thing that sets them apart from the modern radicals that wish to impart foreign laws on our populace is that the original Muslims assimilated into the society they came in to.
    For over 200 years, Muslims have been coming here and settling in Australia without halal and sharia laws, so why is it that we are suddenly expected to bow down to the wishes of extremists, many of whom don’t even live here and change our laws to suit them? The Jews have probably been part of Australian culture for over 200 years as well, but they haven’t insisted on Kosher food laws, have they?
    Halal is written in the Quran and a similar practices are mentioned in the Tanakh and the Bible for hygiene reasons, rather than for religious reasons because in those days that was considered to be the most hygienic dietary practice. With modern slaughterhouse methods, there is no need to torture animals while they are being slaughtered, so halal is becoming irrelevant, except as a means of imposing the will of radical Islamic cults on other cultures.

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    • From a very ordinary Australian citizen.
      I admire Kirralie Smiths stand on Halal Certification and Sharia Law. Neither should be allowed in Australia. It is time for the Government in Australia to switch on and listen to the people before you are voted out, which very nearly happened last time Malcolm.
      Consider why the Australian public like outspoken people like Kirralie Smith. It is because she is broadcasting what the majority of Australians are thinking.
      Australia is watching. Time to stand up and say no more.

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  2. I wish I could attend but living in Qld and working I cant make it. If there was a similar event in Qld I would be there …absolutely.I have donated as I support her 100%.

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  3. Kirralie & Cory Bernardi pairing up with a new Conservative party would be great. We can only hope something like that happens.

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  4. An intelligent and gutsy lady.. I will help via a donation as I can not attend and our spineless government does nothing!

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  5. I’ll be attending the Sydney event. Looking forward to sharing an informative evening with likeminded people for a vital cause

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