Many Australians are concerned about the continued Muslim immigration to our nation. Given that Australia already has a significant Muslim minority we have already seen the effects Islamism has had here. This includes child marriage, female genital mutilation and forms of sharia law being practised. One area of Islamisation that has been heavily scrutinised is that of Halal certification with a large halal certification industry emerging with many Muslims becoming rich and the profits funding some questionable Islamic projects.
One person has been highlighting the concerns about Halal and other issues to do with Islam for a number of years is Kirralie Smith. She founded the consumer information website Halal Choices and has been a spokesperson for the Q Society, a candidate for the Australian Liberty Alliance and has recently joined Australian Conservatives.
Kirralie explains how her Christian mission work in Africa and Indonesia and witnessing the religiously motivated violence and jihads shaped her views on Islam. She explains how she became the accidental activist by noticing the insidious nature of Halal certification and then founding Halal Choices. Kiralee explains what Halal is, which products can be halal certified, and where the money paid by companies to Halal certifiers goes.
Kirralie responds to some of the criticism of her activism such as if avoiding Halal products really does put pressure on these companies or is a worthwhile exercise. Kirralie explains the personal toll her activism has taken at times including being sued by Halal certifier Mohamed Elmouelhy. We also look at some of her achievements in having several companies end halal certification of their products and lobby for a parliamentary inquiry into third-party certification.
To show there is more to Kirralie Smith than just Islam and Halal we ask her about her Senate candidacy with the Australian Liberty Alliance in 2016 and whether her new party Australian Conservatives can break into the political mainstream. We explore Kirralie’s own Christian faith how she sees the relationship between Christianity, the state and the community at large. We also look at her advocacy for a no vote during the Marriage Law Postal survey and some of the other issues confronting Australia that she is passionate about.