Pauline Hanson’s call to boycott Cadbury “totally irresponsible” and threatens jobs, says union

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Senator Pauline Hanson. Source: Facebook.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been slammed over her call for an Easter boycott of Cadbury, with the union representing the chocolatier’s workers labelling the move “totally irresponsible”.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union Tasmanian secretary John Short said the Queensland senator’s push for a boycott over Cadbury’s halal certification could put jobs at risk.

“For somebody that is supposed to be looking after Australians and trying to protect Australian jobs, to promote Lindt, which I understand is made overseas, over Cadbury’s workers is a bloody disgrace,” Short told The New Daily.

“Why would you support overseas manufacturers when you want to protect Australian jobs?”

Senator Hanson posted a video to social media earlier in the week, telling Australians to choose Lindt or Darrell Lea at Easter instead because they were not halal-certified.

“If you want to support these companies, do it … go and buy some non-halal Easter eggs and chocolate,” she said.

“We see these products out there that are actually halal certified, Cadbury’s chocolate for instance.

“But if you want to get product that’s not halal certified, I’d suggest Lindt, that’s not halal certified. And another great one is Darrell Lea.”

Any boycott of Cadbury could have disastrous consequences for the 1100 workers at factories in Victoria and Tasmania, according to Short.

“It’s one of the most important times of the year for Cadbury,” he said.

The company shed 20% of the workforce at its Hobart factory in 2015, while a plant in Dunedin, New Zealand is also set to close this year.

Mr Short said recent job losses had been “devastating for the people who were made redundant”.

“You’ve just had a Cadbury factory close and you get Pauline Hanson saying, ‘Don’t buy Tasmanian, don’t buy Australian goods.’

“She doesn’t care about Australian workers. All she cares about is the big headline in the paper.”

While Darrell Lea is an Australian company, Swiss chocolatier Lindt has factories in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and the US. However, it does have chocolate “cafes” in Australia.

Hanson said she had written to the government, asking whether it would implement the recommendations of a 2015 inquiry into third-party food certification.

The inquiry, spearheaded by then-Liberal and now Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, made seven recommendations, including that products that had received third-party certification were clearly labelled.

The inquiry also proposed the creation of a single halal certification authority and a single national registered certified trademark.

It found no links between halal certification and terrorism – a key focus of the inquiry.

Halal certified products have a licensed marker that confirms the food does not violate Islamic religious rules, which could mean containing colouring or other additives derived from certain animals in the case of confectionary.

Meanwhile, The Project host Waleed Aly chose to eat a Lindt gold chocolate bunny on air in response to Senator Hanson’s claims on Tuesday night.

Aly, who is a Muslim, said on the program that while the product was not halal certified, it was still halal.

“I eat these all the time. These are awesome,” he said.

Cadbury was contacted for comment.

This article was first published by The New Daily. You can read it here


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John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson
5 years ago

No one has put a case to me that suggest having “Halal Certified EASTER Eggs” makes any sense at all!!! They’re Muslim, they aren’t going to buy them anyway. What I object to is Cadbury making them “Halal” then calling them “Icon Eggs” or just “Chocolate Eggs” unless, of course, they are going to make them available all year round.

5 years ago

Correct. Waleed Aly ate a Lyndt chocolate bunny on air in that clip. So if you purchase Cadbury products, you’re paying for Halal certification that’s not required. Halal only relates to meat and products that contain meat.

Sounds like a racket to me.

John Hutchinson
John Hutchinson
5 years ago
Reply to  Rohan

Of course it is, though it makes you wonder how they go about killing the Cocoa tree, to bring it Halal certification.

5 years ago

Nobody has been buying Cadbury for years.

helma Parkin
helma Parkin
5 years ago

Maybe the Union should start thinging of all the workers who loose their jobs becauce of the union reps stupidity and as for Cadbury Chocolates UGH give me Aldi Chocolates any day.

5 years ago

Been avoiding cadburys for ages now ,only way for them to stop the downslide is to stop the halal swindle

5 years ago

The disappointing thing for me is I take as a gift Cadbury Favourites for a friend who is a vegetarian when invited over for dinner.
Now I find they contain animal products – gelatine…never again….

5 years ago

A little honesty and investigative journalism would not have gone astray with this piece. This is an alarmist, headline grabbing opinion piece guilty of exactly the same accusation of which the author is accusing Hanson.

Oh, so the author is a correspondent for ‘The New Daily’, a Leftist online blog backed by unions. So there’s the angle…a less than balanced report, a partisan post.

Yes, Hanson is a headline seeker, and you are giving her just what she wants – a headline.

The truth about halal certification is that it’s a scam and a rort. It’s unregulated. Anyone can do it. Create a logo on Fiverr or 99 Designs, a certificate, and away you go. Contact manufacturers with a story that if they want to expand into the Muslim market they must pay for your halal certification. There are 33 known private halal certifiers operating in Australia. Those costs can amount to 100s of 1,000 of dollars, which is passed on to the consumer.

It’s also well documented and admitted by these private, unregulated certifiers they donate to Islamic causes here and overseas, including Islamic charities that donate to overseas terrorist organisations. AUSTRAC, our money laundering police admits this. AUSTRAC appeared as witnesses at the senate inuquiry. They did not say at the senate inquiry that there is no link between halal certification and terroris. They stated that due to the web of bank accounts the fund pass through they cannot trace fund after they leave Australia, as they do not have the power or the jurisdiction. You can read that on the AUSTRAC website:

financing poses a serious threat to Australians and Australian
interests at home and abroad. At its most damaging, it can fund the
activities of domestic extremists, including attacks on Australian soil.
More commonly, terrorism financing raised in Australia can help sustain
terrorist groups overseas and support foreign attacks and insurgencies.

Terrorism financing also poses a threat to the credibility of Australia’s financial institutions and financial system.

recent cases, those sending funds out of Australia for terrorism
financing tend to use conduit countries rather than send the funds
directly to high-risk jurisdictions. This makes it more difficult for
financial institutions to link the international funds transfers
directly to terrorism financing. Conduit countries may also be used in
an attempt to evade United Nations Security Council sanctions and
Australian autonomous sanctions.

AUSTRAC has identified three key features of the Australian terrorism financing environment:

• Terrorism financing is largely motivated by international
tensions and conflicts. Communal and sectarian links between groups
overseas and individuals in Australia drives Australian involvement in
terrorism financing.

• Use of conduit countries. In recent
cases, those sending funds out of Australia for terrorism financing
tend to use conduit countries rather than send the funds directly to
high-risk jurisdictions. This makes it more difficult for financial
institutions to link the international funds transfers directly to
terrorism financing. Conduit countries may also be used in an attempt to
evade United Nations Security Council sanctions and Australian
autonomous sanctions.

• Commingling legitimate funds with
funds collected for terrorist groups. This is especially the case for
donations collected through charities and NPOs. Commingling can disguise
funds raised for terrorism financing among legitimate donations. It can
also add to the total pool of funds directed towards a terrorist group.

Charities and NPOs may be used to raise funds for groups
engaged in foreign conflict and as a cover to transfer funds offshore.
Funds for legitimate humanitarian aid may also be diverted in Australia, or at their destination, and used to support terrorist groups.

You can read more from AUSTRAC’s website:

Here’s an ABC Four Corners Report that goes a little deeper than The New Daily journalist’s report where Halal certifiers admit they donate to Islamic causes overseas, including Islamic charities that fund terrorism.

Your blog needs better, more honest information.

Jeffrey Simmons
Jeffrey Simmons
5 years ago


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