Implement the Enquiry recommendations for Third-party Certification of food labelling
Dear Deputy Prime Minister Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, On 13 May 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into third party certification of food to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2015. The recommendations were handed down on 1st December 2015 and were to be implemented within 3 months. Why haven't they been implemented as of today's date 24th August 2016? Why have you refused to do so? This inquiry has cost us taxpayers an extraordinary amount of money and it is your duty to carry out these recommendations. Otherwise, what is the point of having an inquiry running for 6 months wasting taxpayers' money? There was a Royal Commission into the Meat Industry 1982 but the recommendations were never implemented. Why was that? These recommendations will be of benefit for all Australians as we want the choice of purchasing religiously slaughtered meat or not. Supermarkets should have a Halal section just like there is for Kosher. The Halal certification industry is not regulated and it needs to be just like any other industry to ensure it is compliant with industry standards and to stop the racketeering in this dubious industry. Does this multi-million dollar industry pay tax? If not, it should. Australians are unwittingly paying for something they don't believe in and wouldn't want to support muslim 'charities' with links to terrorists, nor would they want to fund the construction of mosques and Islamic schools. It's like we are being taxed by Islam for being dhimmies (infidels) similar to the 'jizya' or 'jizya' tax imposed on non-muslims living in muslim countries. The CEO of International Halal Management in Melbourne was arrested in Singapore July this year on a few charges, including giving support to ISIS, the methods they use such as beheading, and also for inciting at least two others to join ISIS. Alarmingly, there are many other products produced as 'Halal' that simply have nothing to do with animal slaughter such as cosmetics and many other day-to-day products. Many of these products are naturally 'halal' like honey but companies are pressured to pay halal certification fees even so. Halal certification is a rort and unnecessary. It's not written in the Koran that businesses must obtain certification and pay high fees every year. It needs to be a 'userpay' system. I want to be able to see what is halal and non-halal clearly marked where I shop so I can choose non-halal. I want to see these certifiers stopped from ripping us off. I want to be able to choose to not fund mosques, terrorists and Islamic schools through my purchases. It's unAustralian. Recommendations from the inquiry: "Recommendation 1 3.19 The committee recommends that food manufacturers clearly label products which have received third party certification. Recommendation 2 3.1 The committee recommends that the government, through the Department of Agriculture, consider the monitoring and compliance of halal certification of meat for export; and becoming the sole signatory on the government halal certificate. Recommendation 3 3.60 The committee recommends that the government, through bilateral and multilateral forums, promote greater acceptance of a 'whole–of-country', government-led halal certification system. Recommendation 4 3.78 The committee recommends that the government consider requiring certification bodies to register their operations under certification trademarks. Recommendation 5 3.79 The committee recommends that the government consider requiring that halal certification of goods in the domestic market comply with the standard agreed for export. Recommendation 6 3.80 The committee recommends that the halal certification industry consider establishing a single halal certification authority and a single national registered certified trademark. Recommendation 7 3.96 The committee recommends that meat processors clearly label products sourced from animals subject to religious slaughter." Thank you for reading this and trust you will expedite these recommendations immediately or explain to the Australian public why you haven't or won't.