CLAIMS by political firebrand Pauline Hanson that funds certifying foods as "halal" support terrorism groups has been rubbished by an ABC investigation.

Ms Hanson made the claims in an interview on the day of the Reclaim Australia rallies.

She told Nine's Today show, "It is a profit money-making racket".

"The money goes into Islamic organisations and has been connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in France and actually also in Canada".

QT photographer Rob Williams 'Faces of Ipswich' exhibition opening at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Pauline Hanson. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
QT photographer Rob Williams 'Faces of Ipswich' exhibition opening at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Pauline Hanson. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Ms Hanson spoke at the Brisbane Reclaim event.

During her election campaign for the southern Queensland seat of Lockyer, Ms Hanson said the halal certification industry was worth $3 trillion and "this money can go to mosques, Islamic Schools and it's even estimated that it can go to terrorism".

ABC Fact Check found there was no evidence to support the claim that money for halal certification has ever flowed to terrorism groups.

The ABC contacted the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre or AUSTRAC, which monitors money laundering and terrorism. It had no information to suggest terrorist groups were supported by halal certifications.

The Australian Crime Commission said as much in a November 2014 statement, saying it is:

"not aware of any direct links between legitimate halal certification industry and money laundering or the financing of terrorist groups".

The Australian Federal Police told Australian Regional Media through a statement:

"No halal certification body has been charged by the AFP with providing financial support for a terrorist organisation."

The money raised by the not-for-profit halal certification groups is often donated to Islamic schools, mosques, children's hospitals and the Cancer Council Australia.

The Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia - a registered charity - also supports youth education and mentoring programs.

The $3 trillion figure appears to be an estimate of the global food market, not what Ms Hanson said was the value of the certification industry.

 



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