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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