Dec 02 · By Share·
It’s the final sitting week of the parliamentary year and I was pleased to see the Senate committee report on food certification tabled in the chamber yesterday.
Many of you would know this inquiry dealt with multiple food certification schemes, but most of the interest was centred on halal certification.
It received over 1,500 submissions from concerned citizens which suggests a high level of community concern. The chattering classes were disgusted that anyone would even dare raise a question about halal and instantly labelled the inquiry racist and Islamophobic.
Nov 25 · By Share·
There has been some discussion lately about granting a lease of the Darwin port to a company associated with the Chinese government. The central focus has been around the potential defence and intelligence issues associated with such a strategic asset. Media reports have suggested that even the US President raised the matter during a recent visit by our current Prime Minister.
There is no doubt in my mind that ports are a strategic asset and that we should be concerned about who operates them; but these concerns should be more about trade than defence implications.
Nov 18 · By Share·
My apologies for the length of this missive. It is longer than usual because there is a lot that needs to be said; or should I say, a lot needs to be repeated in the hope that politicians and the media will actually listen and act.
Five years ago I was excoriated by colleagues and the media for daring to utter the following sentiments through my blog and a radio interview.
“The fanciful idea that allowing communities of people to isolate themselves from their fellow citizens somehow builds a better nation is rapidly coming to an end. Across the world there have been new waves of migrants who have decided that their greatest allegiance is to the religious and political ideology of Islam rather than their adopted land.”
Nov 11 · By Share·
Today is a special day for so many of us. It is the day we remember our service men and women and those who gave all in service of our country.
It is a day where we remember the time when the guns of the Western Front fell silent in 1918.
Nov 04 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
This week marked the final hearing for the Senate inquiry into food certification. The focus of the day was the fast growing halal certification industry that sees a huge variety of products certified as ‘approved for Muslims’.
A fee is paid by companies to make that claim and it extends from exported food and medicinal products through to soccer balls, cat food and football boots.
Oct 28 · By Share·
Often what the media avoids presenting is just as important as what they do show or the ‘angle’ in which they broadcast.
Yesterday, a man wielding a meat cleaver in the Melbourne CBD, claiming to be a “messiah of Islam,” was downgraded by media outlets to a plain old messiah who was “not motivated by religion” but was mentally ill.
Oct 21 · By Share·
An important news article appeared on the front page of The Australian this week.
“Media Mocks Christian Right” was the paraphrased headline.
The story detailed how those who identify with Christian tradition are deemed ‘fair game’ as media targets - all because of their faith.
Oct 14 · By Share·
There will always be debate about the most pressing issues facing a nation. For some it will be matters environmental, for others economic or financial. For me it is cultural.
Culture determines the type of country we are and it overwhelmingly determines the type of country we will be in the future.