Please join me and write a letter or email to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Demand to know why his government is refusing to consider and implement the senate recommendations from the Third Party Certification of Food inquiry.
Dear Mr Turnbull,
As I write this it is now 608 days since the Economics Reference Committee handed down sensible and practical recommendations from the Third Party Certification of Food Inquiry.
The recommendations were a result of bipartisan agreement that would benefit all consumers and would not hinder Australian businesses.
Over a period of six months the senate inquiry received almost 1500 submissions, which is a very large number for any inquiry, held three days of hearings and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars all at tax payer expense.
Why is it that your government has ignored the findings for 608 days?
Why do you show such contempt to Australian consumers and Australian businesses?
It has been reported that Barnaby Joyce tried to present the recommendations to your cabinet but they refused to act stating it was too divisive.
Really? That is absurd.
The recommendations are clear and simple:
3.19 The committee recommends that food manufacturers clearly label products which have received third party certification.
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.
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.
3.78 The committee recommends that the government consider requiring certification bodies to register their operations under certification trademarks.
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.
3.80 The committee recommends that the halal certification industry consider establishing a single halal certification authority and a single national registered certified trademark.
3.96 The committee recommends that meat processors clearly label products sourced from animals subject to religious slaughter.
These are not divisive. They are clear, simple and reasonable recommendations that would allow consumers to have a choice and businesses to have far more freedom by not being subject to an unregulated mess that is currently the halal certification industry. Muslims can still access halal certified products without it being imposed on all consumers. Profiteering and racketeering would be reduced if not eliminated. Everybody wins.
As you know, major meat exporters in this country have lobbied your government to implement these recommendations because the costs and associated practices of halal certification are too prohibitive. They desperately want your government to act in Australia’s interest and stop pandering to overseas interests.
This issue is not going to go away. Thanks to education large companies are now beginning to understand that halal certification is indeed unnecessary for most products sold in Australia. But that is not your excuse to be lazy or sweep this important issue under the carpet.
By refusing to act on, or even consider the recommendations, you and your government are proving once again that you hold Australian consumers in contempt. You have disregarded the enormous amount of tax payer dollars spent on this inquiry and rejected the plain and simple outcomes.
These recommendations are not divisive – but your attitude and lack of action is extremely divisive! It is divisive to expect Australian consumers to fund halal practices that promote Sharia in this country. Consumers do not want their everyday grocery purchases contributing profits to mosques, Islamic schools and charities. Without clear labelling and better regulation this is happening every day without consumer knowledge or consent.
So please, specifically answer me as to why the government refuses to accept or implement the senate recommendations. Please be specific and give reasons as to why you are ignoring or rejecting these sensible and practical steps to assist Australian consumers and Australian businesses.
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