In ~shocking news~ that no one expected at all, it was announced during the Senate inquiry ordered by SA Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, that halal certification has absolutely no connection whatsoever to terrorism.
While around 500 submissions had been made to the inquiry, deputy Chief Executive of Austrac, Angela Jamieson said this in a public statement:
“Austrac monitors reported financial transactions, including reports of suspicious financial activity and related transaction, to identify money movements that are associated with halal certification.”
“Of the information identified from this monitoring of reported financial transactions, none of these have been assessed as relating to funding terrorism with regard to halal certification fees.”
“Through the operational activities of Austrac, including international engagement and international exchange on foreign fighters and terrorism financing, there has been no evidence of links to halal certification, including funding of terrorism.”
The Australian Crime Commission also stated that they’d found no link between the religious certification, and terrorism or organised crime. During the hearing, the ACC’s National Manager of Strategic Intelligence Hamish Hansford said,
“Since this issue was highlighted in the press, we’ve been on a heightened lookout for any links between halal certification in our intelligence holdings and, to date, we have not found a direct link.”
No word as of yet on how Reclaim Australia members are doing, in reaction to this logical, factual news. They are weirdly silent. Hope ya’ll are okay.
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