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Islam sticker terrorism claims 'grotesque', says Minister

STICKERS being sold by a Sunshine Coast One Nation candidate have been condemned by Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes as "offensive, grotesque and designed to inflame hatred".

Mr Elmes said the candidate ran a racist website through which people were encouraged to purchase stickers carrying the slogan: 'Beware! Halal food funds terrorists'.

"People are encouraged to put the stickers on food products in supermarkets, which isn't just racial discrimination, it's also vandalism," Mr Elmes said.

"The full force of the law should be brought down on anyone found to be vandalising supermarket property and promoting racial discrimination through using the stickers.

"These sorts of outrageous politics might play out well amongst a small group of political fringe dwellers, but they are offensive to the vast majority of Australians.

"And so they should be.

"Experience has shown that we should expect nothing better from One Nation which has a flimsy political manifesto based solely on attacking people who are different.

"It's time these people realised that the White Australia Policy was discredited and discontinued decades ago.

"Queensland is home to 37,000 people of the Muslim faith and they should be free to practice their religious and cultural beliefs without attack from idiots like the One Nation candidate for Fairfax."

Mr Elmes said this latest promotion of discrimination and community disharmony comes close on the heels of a disgusting anti-Muslim letter written to newspapers by the Palmer United Party federal candidate for Hinkler.

"Mr Messenger's vile attack was based in prejudice, and designed to inflame anti-Muslim sentiment," he said.

"The leaders of both parties must stand up and dis-endorse these candidates, or stand condemned that the policies espoused by the two individuals are the policies of the parties they represent."

Greens candidate condemns 'dog-whistling politics'

The Greens candidate for Fairfax, David Knobel said Mr Holt's "dog-whistling" politics should be condemned.

"Mr Holt's campaign strategy is designed to incite unrestrained racial and religious hatred," Mr Knobel said.

"The Greens condemn this behaviour and call on One Nation to take a strong stand against this unwelcome and offensive affront to Australian values of tolerance and freedom.

"If they don't, they will be standing on a platform of intolerance that is unwelcome in our local communities." 

One Nation candidate linked to Islam sticker terrorism row

A SUNSHINE Coast election candidate has been linked to a food contamination scare involving stickers warning that Halal food funds terrorism.

Seven News reported on Wednedsday night that a jar of Nestle coffee was found with its seal broken and a sticker saying "Beware! Halal food funds terrorists" in aisle four of Woolworths supermarket at Underwood, this month.

Two tins of Milo were found with the same stickers but the seals were not broken.

The supermarket immediately alerted Queensland Health and police which launched a joint investigation.

Scientific tests by Queensland Health found that while the seal was broken there was nothing to indicate it had been deliberately damaged.

The tests also found the coffee had not been contaminated.

The police investigation culminated in the arrest of a 27-year-old Kingston woman who will front the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday charged with one count of product contamination.

Searches by APN confirmed that the stickers can be purchased from Restore Australia whose CEO is Mike Holt, the One Nation candidate for the federal seat of Fairfax.

Islamic Council of Queensland president Mohammed Yusuf called on One Nation to disendorse Mr Holt as a candidate.

Mr Yusuf said claims that sales from Halal food funded terrorism were baseless.

Seven reported that within hours of Queensland police arresting a woman, Restore Australia posted an appeal on Facebook asking for the name of lawyers who might help her for free.

Halal signifies food has been prepared in accordance with Islamic Law.

The supermarket the woman targeted is in an area with a large Muslim population.

Mike Holt will stand as the One Nation candidate in Fairfax.
Mike Holt will stand as the One Nation candidate in Fairfax. Nicola Brander

Mr Holt has denied he is racist.

His organisation claims it welcomes immigrants including Muslims but also sells 'Ban Islam' stickers.

"We do not believe multi-culturalism works,'' its website says.

"We do believe in immigration and integration.

"If immigrants can't come here, fit in and become Australian citizens, we don't want them here.

"We stand for stopping the boats and turning them around…sending them back to where they came from. If the host country doesn't like that, we say too bad. Stop sending the boats here!"

The site also contained inciteful comments such as "every time you buy Halal food you are helping buy a bullet that may kill one of our troops".

The website also features a video of Mr Holt being interviewed by a bikini-clad 'reporter' on a beach talking about changing the constitution of Australia.

"We have welcomed all comers, including the latest surge of immigrants from Islamic countries. However, many Australians are beginning to regret accepting the Islamic influx.

"The Muslim people in general are friendly and willing to integrate. Unfortunately, a small section of Islamic hard line radicals are spoiling that image for the majority," the website states.

His candidate's Facebook page, which is linked to the One Nation Party website as well as Restore Australia, has a post saying One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson will launch his election campaign on August 5.

 

A page from the Restore Australia website selling anti-Islam stickers.
A page from the Restore Australia website selling anti-Islam stickers.

 

The Restore Australia website states the money raised from the sale of the stickers - three sheets for $10.94 from within Australia and $17.44 for international orders - will help cover the costs of his election campaign.

"Plaster the anti-Halal stickers everywhere and help educate Aussies about the creeping attack on our food supply. Get the word out on the street.

"Stick these striking stickers on shop windows, shop shelves, bus stops, on community noticeboards, in shops, outside shops, on buses... anywhere people will see them.

"Let's get people thinking. Aussies need to be aware of the creeping Islamization of our nation... and Halal certification is just one of the weapons they are using against us," according to the Restore Australia.

At the bottom of the webpage where you can purchase stickers, there is the following disclaimer:

"Please place these stickers responsibly. Do not place them on food as that could be considered depriving the shop of a sale and you could be charged with theft. Do not tamper with food items. Penalties may apply."

Mr Holt told 7News that he stood by his website and that Muslims were 'forcing a Halal tax on us' through certification and the funds raised money for terrorism overseas.

He said he had 'probably sold' more than a thousand sheets of sticks in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Switzerland.

"I'm married to a Thai (woman), how could I be a racist?" he said.

Topics:  editors picks, immigration, islam, one nation, pauline hanson


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