Following media reports today and comments made by others, Q Society makes this response to the requests for information consequent upon this morning’s media reports.
Landmark Halal Court Case Ends in Mediation
Civil rights organisation Q Society of Australia Inc. and a halal certifier agreed to end their long-running legal dispute in a mediation session on Monday, 27 February 2017.
For details please refer to the attached settlement announcement.
The president of Q Society, Mrs Debbie Robinson, said: “From today, we are no longer forced to tie up resources in a legal dispute that could have lasted for years. We can now dedicate time and resources to our primary purpose: To critically inform Australians about Islam and the impositions of fundamentalist Muslim organisations on Australian communities. We will work diligently towards political measures to stop the Islamisation of Australia.”
Mrs Robinson continues: “The case has provided valuable media exposure for our cause. Q Society will continue to investigate and expose the practices of some halal certifiers and lobby for the implementation of three fair and simple policy proposals concerning halal certification: Mandatory labelling, apply the ‘User Pays’ principle and end workplace discrimination.”
“Under the terms of settlement, the certifier must pay for his legal costs. All donations made to the Q Society Legal Defence Fund go towards our defence costs, which I estimate to be in excess of $500,000.
“I want to thank our supporters who stood by us and so generously donated to our legal defence. The support we received shows that the Australian community spirit is alive and strong.”
Contact: Debbie Robinson
Mobile: 0422 347 176
El-Mouehly v Q Society & Ors
Supreme Court Defamation Proceedings No. 2014/377391
Today the parties in these proceedings have settled their legal dispute and intend to move forward without engaging in further disputation.
None of the parties, in expressing their views, had any intention to defame the other and each regrets that occurring. Mr El-Mouelhy has lived in Australia since 1975 and became an Australia citizen in 1981. He is a frequent and substantial contributor to Muslim and non-Muslim charities, including donations to specific projects for the protection of the poor and disadvantaged. The Q Society its board members and Kirralie Smith did not intend to suggest that the profits of Mr El-Mouelhy's halal certification business were in any way improperly used.
The Q Society its board members and Kirralie Smith apologise to Mr El-Mouehly for the hurt caused to him as a result of the publications the subject of the proceedings.
In light of the above apology Mr El-Mouehly withdraws the comments he made about the Q Society, its board members and Kirralie Smith in response to their publications.
Q Society of Australia Inc
Kirralie Jane Smith
Peter Dominic Callaghan
Date: 26 Feb 2017
by Geoff Dickson, past president of Q Society.
After many years of researching and writing about Islam, I have become so aware of the deliberate attempts to delegitimize Israel and deny the historical connection to the land. We see events like Israel Apartheid Week played out
around the world and movements like BDS which aim at destroying Israel. With this in mind we again visited Israel in September 2016 to investigate issues further and visit known hot spots like Hebron and Bethlehem. Indeed there were travel warnings against Hebron as we booked a tour with a Ramallah based tour group and also we were in Jerusalem at the time of the funeral for Shimon Peres who was revered by Israelis but roundly condemned by Muslims and even Australia’s Green party leader Richard Di Natali.
Why is truth so important?
Increasingly there are signs everywhere of deception and rewriting of our history to distort the truth. Our universities are awash with Arab oil money to subvert the next generation of students and rogue text books are present in our schools, presenting a distorted picture of history deliberately undermining western civilization and culture.
Mind your language
I personally don’t like the word “Palestinian” in the context used today as it originally applied to the Jews not the Arabs. Likewise I find terms like “occupied”,” illegal settlers” and even the “West Bank” offensive as it is a deliberate attempt to undermine Israeli sovereignty.
What are Arabs saying?
At this point before continuing, let us revisit what Arabs have said about Palestine in the past. For over 40 years, Arab figures from PLO, Fatah and Hamas have consistently stated that the Palestinian people is a falsehood designed to destroy Israel. Do our political leaders listen?
The warnings have been out there for a long time now. At best, our political and judicial leaders have been naïve and ignorant. At worst, those leaders have – for political or personal gain – sold out the very people they are supposed to represent. As the result (or lack of result) of the July 2nd Federal election clearly demonstrates, it is more likely that our anti-leaders are in fact simply asleep at the wheel, have isolated themselves from their constituents, and have forgotten who in fact they work for. Because the Australian legal system is actually in the process of making room for a parallel system of religious law. And make no mistake – it is the intention of the promoters that Sharia law that it will only run parallel for as long as it takes Sharia to supplant our Australian Statute and Common Law system entirely.
Sharia is already partially entrenched in Australia’s daily existence through the halal certification system. In April of 2016, mainstream media reported the operation of Sharia Law in NSW. This wasn’t news, however – it was widely known that Sharia Law was being practised behind closed doors. The many headed abomination known as multiculturalism has provided tacit, informal accommodation of practices that are dividing our nation along religious lines.
If halal certification was the thin end of the wedge, then Labor Senator Nick Sherry (as Assistant Treasurer) exerted unwelcome pressure on the log-splitter by directing the Board of Taxation in 2009 to undertake a comprehensive review of Federal tax laws to ensure that taxation requirements didn’t impede the growth of Sharia banking and financial products. And so Sharia Law jammed its obscene foot through the Australian judicial door.
From here, it’s a short walk to successfully arguing that Sharia Law, because it is already in operation in Australia, is clearly compatible with existing secular law and Muslims should be able to rely on Sharia in its entirety – and therefore should not be subject to secular law at all. That is, Australian statute ad common laws will no longer be relevant or applicable to adherents of Islam.
Sharia is a threat to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Whilst the nature of the threat to infidels is clear, Sharia can be used by fundamentalists (ie, most Imams) to bring so-called peaceful or moderate Muslims into line with their own hysterically paranoid doctrines and coagulate the more benign members of the Islamic community into an anti-western, anti-secular, anti-democratic mass, using the standard inventory of fundamentalist tools: threats of death or violence against individuals or their family members.
Read more about the undesirable insurgence of Sharia Law into our lives in the latest edition of Face The Facts. Understand how Australia is being pushed into changing its basic underlying laws and values to accommodate a religious minority group, and be clear that no other migrant group has ever made similar demands, either on legal or religious grounds. And tell others about the problem we are facing !!!