… so now wipe the Halal Tax
Toasted cheese with a dollop of Vegemite was my favourite late night snack, but I leave off the Vegemite now that it’s owned by the American company Mondelez International and sports a little “Halal Certified” notice. No worries, my Aussie owned and made Bega cheese still bubbled under the griller while the jug boiled for a strong cup of tea.
That was until I noticed this funny little Arabic hieroglyph on the back of my Bega cheese packet too. Bloody hell, first my Vegemite and now my Bega cheese! No worries, I’m happy with plain toast.
I wasn’t game to go through the whole fridge or I’d have starved.
Trying to find Aussie tucker on the shelves is hard enough but trying to find tucker that is not Islamically sanctioned is near impossible, and it’s meant to be.
An insidious and illegal protection racket called “Halal Certification” has worked its way through our food chains without us knowing a thing about it.
Australian manufacturers and importers of food and drink are actually paying Islamic halal certifiers up to $30,000 per month for the honour of displaying this little Arabic sign.
So, who are these Islamic bastards who are adding to my grocery bill? Well, the “Indonesian Council of Ulama”, MUI, (which also orders Fatwa rulings) is the Mafia style Islamic body organising the multi-million dollar racket that forces Australian companies to pay outrageous amounts to have their food certified as halal.
One major Aussie meat processor, who refused to be identified, claimed he had been told to pay $27,000 a month for halal certification, which of course was expected to be passed on to the consumer.
Mr Stephen Kelly, an executive of the Japanese-owned Nippon Meat Packers in Queensland, said last year that MUI had banned his abattoirs from selling meat into Indonesia because he had dealt with MUI’s opposition for certification.
MUI’s opposition is the Australian certifier, “Halal Food Services” (AHFS), who had undercut MUI’s price for certification and the Indonesian company apparently calls the tune when it comes to blackmailing Australian food companies.
From what I can discover there are halal certifiers in all countries with South East Asia being regulated from Indonesia and the governing body’s world headquarters are encamped in Saudi Arabia. There are State branch halal authorities operating in Australia
Islamic websites claim all money (estimated in the billions) goes to building Islamic schools but where it actually goes after leaving Australia I shudder to guess.
The funny thing is a couple of years ago Aussie shoppers woke up to the scam and began avoiding halal certified food, so all these little Arabic motifs started disappearing.
Thinking this might lead to some sort of Fatwa I called a few food manufacturers. None was prepared to speak to me, except Arnott’s, who said they were attempting to resist some “standover tactics”.
One distributor, who asked not to be named, was prepared to offer an opinion: “They really don’t care if the halal sign is there or not, they only insist it’s on the exported product and as long as the supplier pays the monthly fee everything’s sweet. If they refuse to pay, then their exports are at risk.”
Local clerics arrange for Muslims to flood Aussie food processors with intimidating letters and phone calls threatening that unless they pay fees to become halal certified, some, “pretty bad stuff will happen”.
When contacted last year over the scam, the Federal Department of Agriculture said it had, “no power over religious certifiers”. But another spokesman said, and get this one:
“The Australian Government values our close relationship with MUI and will continue to work together with them to overcome issues that affect the mutually beneficial trade in red meat to Indonesia.”
I have asked the Dept of Agriculture if they have an update on their response to halal certification, but am yet to receive a reply. I have also left phone messages with Barnaby Joyce but it seems halal certification is an uncomfortable subject.
An Islamic Council response?
“Hope this will clear the misconception of Halal issue for all intent and purpose.
“The Halal Food Authority promotes animal welfare, adherence to food safety, food hygiene and quality in compliance with the teachings of the Islamic jurisprudence and faith.” Blah blah blah, as soon as they got to the animal welfare bit I knew it was a load of Islamic camel droppings.
So it’s up to you Tony, no new legislation needed, no Senate shit, just an appreciation of what is already thoroughly illegal and what is hurting Australian shoppers. Of course it may also hurt relations with our lovely Islamic friends.
Or is that the real problem?
By Nick Hodge | Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I’m not sure I can find the words to convey what the events of Ferguson say about the state of this country and what it means for you and your future.
Or the words to explain why the clear signs that an event like this was imminent were ignored.
I don’t know why a cop needs to shoot an unarmed teenager six times. I don’t know why the government hasn’t released information that could clear up the details.
There is much I don’t know.
There is much I’d like to know…
I’d like to know if I, too, could be shot down by an officer of the law while unarmed.
I’d like to know why the initial response to a constitutionally-protected right to assemble looks like this:
I would like to know why, even after coverage began, no live footage was used… even though there were plenty of live streams available.
I’d like to know why the shutting down of Times Square by Ferguson supporters was not covered on any major media outlet that I saw:
I’d like to know what modicum of logic led Ferguson police to release the names of looters before the name of the cop who fired the fatal shot that led to the looting.
I’d like to know in what world a town of 21,000 needs equipment like this:
I’d like to know if it’s legal to arrest journalists for doing their jobs, then release them without charges, as happened to Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post.
If it’s illegal, I’d love to know what the repercussions are.
I’d like to know why local police have more body armor and weaponry than soldiers did when they invaded Iraq:
I’d like to know why journalists interviewed witnesses to the shooting before the police did.
I’d like to know if cops disassembling the media equipment of a news crew is legal.
I’d like to know why tear gas is banned as a chemical weapon under the Geneva Convention but is perfectly fine to use in small American towns.
I’d like to know why the American Civil Liberties Union has to sue to get the shooting report.
I’d like to know why the president said there’s “no excuse for police to use excessive force” when Missouri has gotten $69 million in “counter-terrorism” funding from the feds during his tenure.
I’d like to know why cops think it’s okay to talk to people like this:
Whether spying on you, taxing you, choosing big business over you, withholding information from you, or militaristically policing you literally to death…
We’ve reached a point where the government does whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to whomever it wants with little to no respect for the Constitution or common man.
And I’d like to know why more people aren’t utterly fed up with it.
A defenseless homeless woman being beaten by this animal who has no feelings toward other human beings. The woman may have been resisting his demand not to cross the freeway however she was not armed and should have been treated in a very different way. More and more violent sociopathic police are out there giving themselves power by using extreme force. The low life bastard cop in the video no doubt got his rocks of on it and was hailed a hero by his sociopathic cop associates. Expose the pigs that do this sort of shit. Throw the full force of the law back into their pig faces. To just touch someone in America is regarded as assault…what the hell would you call this?
The US Government has known since 1974 that Cannabis cures Cancer. In ’72 Richard Nixon wanted a larger budget for his war on drugs. He thought that if he proved Cannabis caused lung cancer like cigarettes do, he would get the support he needed. He gave the Medical College of Virginia 2 years to do a study on the effects of THC on the body. In ’74 the study was completed. It turns out, THC when ingested in highly concentrated forms (such as eating Cannabis oil) will attack any mutated cells in your body while strengthening and rejuvenating the healthy cells. They found the PERFECT cure for Cancer. It worked fast, it worked well, it worked on many different forms of Cancer in ALL stages and it had ZERO harmful side effects. (Unlike Chemo which deteriorates your entire body and kills 1 in 5 patients. Not only that, but it dissolves ALL forms of tumors and can even combat super-bugs like MRSA.) When Richard Nixon saw the results of the study he was FURIOUS. He threw the entire report in the trash and deemed the study classified. In 1976 President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, who set out — unsuccessfully — to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the “high.”
We only found out about the study a few years ago thanks to dedicated medical and law professionals who filed Freedom of Information Requests. The Govt lied for many reasons.. One of the main reasons is Pharmaceutical Companies. They spend billions every year lobbying to keep Cannabis illegal because they make TRILLIONS off Cancer drugs and research. They are already well aware that Cannabis cures Cancer. They have a great con going at the moment. Cancer patients and their loved ones will spend their entire life savings or even sell their houses and businesses in order to pay for Chemotherapy and other Cancer treatment drugs. A lot of the time they spend all that money and their loved one dies anyway. If the public found out that the Government has been lying for over 40 years, that MILLIONS of lives could have been saved and that the dying could grow the cure they need in their backyard… The Public would be going APE-SHIT.
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(Comment from the admin): I feel the need to be EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR here because many people have attacked me for sharing this information. SMOKING CANNABIS DOES NOT CURE CANCER. EATING CANNABIS OIL DOES. There have been A LOT of skeptics about this. I highly suggest you actually RESEARCH THIS SUBJECT rather than demonize the people that have already actually researched it. Cannabis DOES CURE CANCER… This is not a rumor, this is not some internet hoax.. THIS IS A FACT. Every single person I know that’s tried this cure, has successfully cured their cancer. Do you get what I’m saying? I KNOW PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF IT WEREN’T FOR THIS CURE. Plenty of people have posted proof online. Check before you doubt!!
Start here :
Cannabis Cures Cancer and the Government Knows it: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/07/cannabis-cures-cancer-and-government.html
34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer: http://themindunleashed.org/2013/12/34-medical-studies-proving-cannabis-cures-cancer.html
A Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/04/molecular-biologist-explains-thc-completely-kills-cancer.html
Recipe To Make Cannabis Oil For Chemo Alternative: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/05/recipe-make-cannabis-oil-chemo-alternative.html
A few years ago, the small Kimberley community of Mowanjum endured a spate of suicides.
“All around this community (Mowanjum) there is so much progress, production, affluence. What is this progress, this production, this affluence stealing from our people?” Kabi Kabi Elder Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said.
“To read about this painful crisis, to recognise the layers of disconnection, the internal anguish, community sorrow, pain, trauma, suffering is like a microcosm of the inherent legacy of pain, torment, and suffering that our people are immersed in. This is a culturally collective crisis and it impacts upon all of us who say we are First Nations peoples. To think that this tiny little community possibly has the highest rates of suicide not just in Australia but in the world is insanity.”
“We are now picking up the pieces of our loved ones. How many suicides, how many more deaths will it take to open our eyes, and open our ears, to the silent screaming that is coming from the hearts and souls of those who are gone and of those who grieve and keep screaming for help?”
Since the Federal Government’s Emergency Response (Military Intervention) in the Northern Territory, suicides have been five-fold.
Healing is a major step in the intervention of trauma, however as a society legislatively we need to move to prevention, in that we reduce, preferably eliminate, hard traumas from the social conditions imposed on many folk by the State, for instance indeed with the Emergency Response Actions in the Northern Territory – I have come to the considered understanding that the majority of Aboriginal folk in the Northern Territory are in a prison like custodial jurisdiction and hence the subsequent trauma, causal, situational, inter-generational, compounded daily by their discrimination, exploitation (be it inadvertent; however authority is hierarchical and its presence is exploitative in terms of the relations of power), and hence the stripping, the erosion, the diminution of peoples’ identities; historical, cultural, contemporary and as human beings – there is the impost of inequality.
The Northern Territory Intervention and Stronger Futures are custodial predicaments and hence the premise to the arguments by many that they are racist occurrences. Statistics indicate that everything since the Military Emergency Response in the Northern Territory have got worse and not better, and similarly with those in the acute localised custodial predicaments of juvenile and adult prisons and immigration detention – people upon release from the custody of the State leave worse compared to when they went in.
Not just one, however twelve Northern Territory Elders, twelve out of twelve, said to me that the Intervention is a prison, and that they do not just live in prison-like conditions however in an actual prison, in that they see the warden, the guards, and in that they can see the walls, the bars, and the heavy metal doors. One said that when he sees his community’s youth drift, their aimless roam, the suffering from the despair of inebriation, when they scream back at the State and for those that sometimes displace anger on their own folk, when they see them die young in the confrontational personal witness of community or in the isolation of various custody such as a police or prison cell that it is no different to being in a built prison, in a locked cell, during lock-down which is generally twelve hours a day, and hearing fellow inmates crying out from other cells, in various meltdown, and then the next morning a guard finding one of the prisoners dead – similarly with the brutality of the Northern Territory Intervention, youth is found dead or in the abyss of despair and there is little that can be done for them because the brutality to the human identity, in stripping people of their right to be equal among everyone, in the forbidding of Aboriginal advancement by Aboriginal peoples, is a horrific contemporary brutality. The trauma of the Intervention shall eventually be much studied, sadly and patronisingly so, by the ensuing generation of academics and it will be found equivalent in trauma and damage to the Stolen Generations, and the Stolen Wages tragedies, to the Apartheid that many Aboriginal peoples lived in this country more than one and a half centuries.
An Elder said to me, “We are not boss of our people, we are not boss of us, our ways are looked down upon and young people and rich people come in here and tell us we are nothing, we are no good and that they know better.”
Another Elder said, “They tell us all these things that have happened in our town that we never saw happen not till they came and told us so. There were not these bad things they said but now there are. Our people are getting sick because of them and our young don’t care anymore. They have come here and caused so much trouble.”
And another Elder said, “They keep us poor for so long, no electricity, no nothing, houses they would not live in, they always refused us funding for anything we applied for and now they come here to show us like we are children how to do what they never gave us a chance to do.”
And another Elder said, “They are killing our children, look at our suicides, the numbers make the heart cry, can they not see what they have done? They are not doing any good just bad.”
And another Elder said, “They want our land, and they take it, they move our people to prisons inside prisons. All the Northern Territory is a prison, and the towns prison in prison.”
The tragedy is endemic throughout Australia – A couple of years ago, a Northern Territory Select Committee on Youth Suicides tabled its report into youth suicide and found the obvious; that there are significantly higher rates of Aboriginal suicides when compared to the national average.
Between 2001 and 2006, the Northern Territory suicide rate for those aged 15 to 24 was 3.5 times the rest of the nation. The report highlighted the young ages at which Aboriginal youth were committing suicide – and the rise of young Aboriginal women suiciding.
“The suicide rate for Indigenous Territorians is particularly disturbing, with 75 per cent of suicides of children from 2007 to 2011 in the Territory being Aboriginal,” stated the report.
“For too many of our youth there is not enough hope to protect them from the impulse to end their lives.”
The suicide rate doubled for youth between ages 10 and 17 – up from 18.8 per cent to 30.1 per cent per 100,000 – in contrast to non-Aboriginal youth suicides which dropped from 4.1 per cent to 2.6 per cent.
Mowanjum’s Community Director Eddie Bear said every loss is felt right throughout the community. “Everybody feels hurt, we all go through it.”
He worries so much about Mowanjum’s youth that when his young grandson goes bush he’ll follow him.
“When he takes off into the scrub, I will follow him and have a talk with him, sit with him there and talk.”
“You got to live life. You are only a young bloke.”
Last year, the United Nations ranked Australia second behind Norway in its annual Human Development Index – for public health, social wealth, education, even happiness. But if Aboriginal peoples go stand-alone they would not be part of that 2nd rating – they would be 122nd.
The United Nations Human Development Index is a measure of the quality of life across 187 nations.
First Peoples in various parts of Australia continue to languish in third-world conditions despite Australia powering on as the world’s twelfth largest economy.
Australia has the lowest suicide rate of the world’s top ten nations but Aboriginal peoples have the world’s highest youth suicide rates.
Nothing has improved since the 2011 United Nations State of the Indigenous Peoples report, “In Australia, an Indigenous child can expect to die 20 years earlier than his non-native compatriot.”
Perth’s Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Robert Eggington says Aboriginal communities grieve in an ongoing manner for the loss of their youth. “We hear of a death almost fortnightly,” said Mr Eggington.
Only dead people come into the dreams of South Australian Elder Tauto Sansbury. He dreams of the deceased, of young lives lost. Mr Sansbury has dedicated his life to helping troubled Aboriginal youth, to reduce the rate of suicides.
“Death is our life,” said Mr Sansbury, describing the state of the Aboriginal landscape Australia-wide, of mourning and sadness for young lives lost.
Mr Sansbury works pro bono through the South Australian community organisation, Garridja, – a Nurrunga word which means “to rise”. Garridja works to address all areas of Aboriginal disadvantage.
Mr Sansbury said Aboriginal suicide is a national problem, reaching horrific proportions, and that it continues to be neglected by all governments. He said that between 2001 to 2011 there had been 77 Aboriginal suicides in South Australia alone. “I am working with an Aboriginal doctor and a non-Aboriginal doctor in investigating these deaths, as we are working towards collated reports. These deaths have received little attention and this makes no sense, this is an epidemic. Between 1980 to 1989 there were 99 Aboriginal deaths in custody nationally and these deaths led to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Here we have 77 deaths in South Australia alone in a similar time frame and no-one is responding.”
At the beginning of 2012, Mr Sansbury called for a 24/7 Aboriginal crisis centre in Adelaide following eight deaths of young Aboriginal people in and around Adelaide in the first 13 days of the year.
“It’s now more than two years later, and the State and Federal Governments have not responded. Indeed funding promises have been broken and our youth continue to languish with nowhere to go.”
He said that an Aboriginal crisis centre, Aboriginal controlled and serviced is vital.
For Aboriginal children younger than 15 years, during a 12 year period – 1994 to 2006 – the suicide rate was seven times higher than for non-Aboriginal children. Therefore minimalist suicide prevention strategies have failed. Alcohol and drug abuse are factors but they are not drivers, other factors underlie the use of alcohol and drugs, and therefore for a radical reduction to drug and alcohol use and in reducing suicides we have to address the factors that lead to the use of alcohol and drugs and other aimlessness and self-destruction. As long as we continue to deny that ethnicity and connectedness with historical and cultural identity do not matter then we will continue with suicide rates that are among the worst in the world’s worst.
Whose child will be the next to die?
Mr Eggington said that there are “children as young as 11, 12 and 13 who are taking their lives.”
“These tragedies are indictments against a country that is incredibly affluent, that is wealthy.
He said Government driven Aboriginal mental health services need to be overhauled. “We want to be able to heal our own people and to set up initiatives that can help deter this epidemic.”
“Aboriginal people just are not accessing the mainstream services so we want to hopefully reach a point where we can provide those services instead.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there were 996 suicides from 2001 to 2010, across Australia of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. My own research estimates that the 996 suicides recorded between 2001 to 2010 are an under reporting of the actual numbers, and instead of 1 in 24 deaths by suicide, I have estimated that the rate of suicide was between 1 in 12 to 1 in 16. My research compilations during the last three years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides are at nearly 400, no less than 380. Where there had been an average 99 deaths by suicide from 2001 to 2010, according to my research the annual average for 2011 to 2013 has tragically increased to approximately 130 suicides per year.
For every suicide there are hundreds of attempted suicides – with the ABS reporting collated hospital data that validate the extent of suicides moving beyond ideation. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, 15 years to 19 years are four and half times more likely to die by suicide than are their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait females, 15 years to 19 years, are six times more likely to die by suicide than are other young females.
Western Australian State Parliamentarian, the Kimberley’s Kija woman, Josie Farrer said that hopelessness is the lead factor.
“These are young men, mostly with families, who are impoverished, who cannot keep up with white society and its demands. Who cannot afford to put food on the table for their families, who cannot afford to pay the bills, who cannot meet the rising cost of living,” said Ms Farrer.
“They feel disempowered by expectations they cannot meet. Many of our people have been forced to live in impoverishment and have never had a chance to manage within an economy racing all around them, and an economy which is still foreign to many of them.”
“Can you imagine what it must feel like for them to feel that they are failing their families?”
I have been to more remote communities over many years than what most Australians have, and the induced social ills are myriad. What I have seen is that wherever Western society has arrived in this vast continent there arise crises through this social confrontation for First Peoples. All of a sudden they are yanked, some kicking and screaming, into the expectations of Western society. There is no respect set aside for their cultural identity, for their form and content, for their first language, for any of their way of life. Many of them cannot cope with the diminution of their cultural and social and historical identities.
Then there are the communities with still very little contact with Western society. Communities in the Arnhem, in the Central and Western Deserts who live without Western expectations, who live without any great striving for materialism as we know it, who are indeed happy, and who are well adjusted.
It is the brutal confrontation between Western society and ancient cultures that has underwritten the suicide crisis. Western society does not respect these ancient cultures even if they are happy and well adjusted. So Western society drags these communities into its condition, into a society where more young people each year die by their own hand than by any other means.
Less than one per cent of all Government funding, including Closing the Gap funds, to Aboriginal health is directed to grassroots and coalface programs that have a better chance of working than do mainstream services, the majority with a bent for assimilation.