Why 'Halal Tax' Conspiracy Theories are So Hard to Stomach

By Shakira Hussein, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. The message of the campaign against halal certification is that Muslims are not welcome here. Their presence makes Australian society gag, and so they must be vomited from the body politic.

On Easter Saturday, I attended a rally in Melbourne's Federation Square - one of sixteen "Reclaim Australia" rallies held across Australia to protest against what the organisers described as "halal tax, Sharia law and Islamisation."

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