In 2015 the Australian Parliament conducted an Inquiry into food certification practices in Australia. Public pressure which led to this inquiry was the result of work by Kirralie Smith of Halal Choices.
The report of the Parliamentary Inquiry can be read here.
The Inquiry’s recommendations included the introduction of clear labeling of certified products, and greater monitoring by government of halal certification. However, the Australian Government has not yet acted to implement these recommendations.
A documentary has been produced by the Q Society which provides a good overview of this issue. Titled HALAL CERTIFICATION – The Unpalatable Facts, the documentary exposes the problems in the Australian halal certification industry. Produced by Debbie Robinson and presented by Kirralie Smith, the documentary includes contributions from Senator Cory Bernardi, George Christenson MP, Bernard Gaynor, Debbie Robinson and members of the Assyrian Community.
Dr. Mark Durie is an academic, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.
Originally published on markdurie.com
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