This week marks one year since the Economics Reference Committee handed in it's recommendations on the Third Party Certification of Food Inquiry. The photo is of Senator Cory Bernardi and I earlier this year at Parliament House. I submitted two petitions that day. One to the senate and one to the House of Representatives that George Christensen MP received. Both politicans, along with David Gillespie MP have been supportive and actively involved in getting some appropriate outcomes for Australian consumers.
The senate inquiry received almost 1500 submissions, ran for over 6 months at huge tax payer expense, held three days of hearings around the country and came up with 7 recommendations. Not one has been implemented or addressed by the government.
This is the final sitting week of Parliament for 2016. Let's hope there are a few politicians with integrity who will speak out about the fact the government has let an entire year go past without acting on any of the recommendations from the senate inquiry into Third Party Certification of Food. The government, thus far, have shown nothing but contempt for the democratic process.
There is nothing more to be done at this stage other than to expose the government's incompetence in regards to this issue. As I explained to Pauline Hanson over the phone, it is not about introducing new legislation, or coming up with different angles on halal certification. It doesn't require more speeches or new information. All that is required is for senators and MP's to make some noise and pressure the government to do the right thing and implement the recommendations.
Even though Hanson campaigned on the "Ban Halal" slogan it is not something she can deliver. Whether we like it or not the fact remains we cannot simply ban halal. Before you jump up and down remember that words are important, especially when it comes to legislation. Halal just means 'permissible'. Fruit, nuts, grains, fish etc will always be halal. We can't, nor want to, ban such things. There is no concrete legislation that could be introduced and passed that would 'ban halal' entirely. All Hanson and her fellow One Nation Senators need to do is highlight the fact the government is treating the democratic process with contempt by refusing to act on the senate recommendations.