Halal certification inquiry today

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:


I am grateful that Channel 7 did not just report the views of Senator Dastyari. They also interviewed me about halal certification.

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.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of seven 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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