Ironbark Social Club: Saturday 25 February 2012, 4pm.
The Ironbark Social Club is a friendly monthly get-together (in Sydney) where Conservatives, Nationalists, Constitutionalists, Anthropogenic climate change sceptics, and other Australians concerned about where this country is headed can discuss issues of concern in a PC-free environment. It’s a good way of meeting like-minded people and forming new social networks.
It is a great privilege to announce that this month’s Guest Speaker is Kirralie Smith, the founder of Halal Choices, a website and information service for the Australian public – it is all about providing opportunities for people to make informed decisions about the food products they purchase.
You may be aware that despite the fact that less than 2% of Australia’s population is estimated to be Muslim, there is a current trend towards companies paying fees to have their product Halal-certified. Certification covers food that has undergone Islamic religious ritual or that is “halal” (approved by Islamic law) and is, in effect, an Islamic tax that is unnecessary for the majority of Australians.
Unfortunately there is no law that makes companies put this information on their labels, so consumers may not even be aware that they are paying for this certification. On www.halalchoices.com.au you will find a list of companies and brands that are paying this Islamic tax.
When addressing a meeting, Kirralie will also share many interesting, and sometimes infuriating stories about some of the 500 brands researched so far. You will be amazed at many of the companies’ reactions and even threats regarding this website.
So come along, invite your friends! Contact Darrin (ph. 0431 739 260) or Nick (ph. 0417 679 972) for more information.