Today I will be appearing as a witness into the Senate inquiry into halal certification, along with Kirralie Smith from Halal Choices.
I would like to thank you for your support and assistance. Without your help and without your signature on my submission to this inquiry, I would not be attending. However, nearly 6,000 Australians did support this submission and, as a result, the Senate inquiry has been forced to take our concerns seriously.
This is a small initial victory and we should celebrate it. But there is still a long way to go before our concerns about halal certification and the imposition of Islamic Sharia law regulations over our daily lives are fully addressed.
I look forward to presenting our concerns to the Senate inquiry this afternoon and I will do my very best to make sure that they are heard loud and clear. However, I do anticipate strong resistance.
This is what the inquiry’s chairman, Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, tweeted about you and me yesterday:
You can see this interview by clicking here.
Senator Dastyari may say that it’s racist to hold concerns about halal certification. But he is wrong.
I say that it’s time to stop labelling ordinary, decent Australians with derogatory slurs. Instead, it’s time to start labelling food.