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Jail diet to change discrimination laws February 12, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against Muslims, Halal, Halal meat, Halal meat prison, Islam, Islamic, Judy Spence, Muslim, Muslims, Racism, Racist.

THE Queensland Government wants to change the law after a court upheld a prisoner’s discrimination complaint because he wasn’t given meat prepared in the Muslim way.

Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence today said the Government would seek to change the law to prevent other prisoners pursuing frivolous anti-discrimination cases.

The Queensland Supreme Court on Friday found the child-sex offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was discriminated against because he did not get fresh Halal meat in prison.

He was instead given tinned Halal meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Halal is slaughtered and blessed by Muslim slaughtermen. It has not touched non-Halal meat and cannot be prepared with utensils used on other meat.

The man, a Muslim of Pakistani descent, was jailed for eight years in Brisbane in 2000 for indecent dealing.

He was released in 2005 after serving five years.

He was last year awarded $2000 by the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal after complaining the Halal meat from a tin was “too fatty and salty”.

The Government unsuccessfully appealed the tribunal’s decision in the Supreme Court, which also ruled the prisoner should be allowed to keep his $2000.

Ms Spence today said prisons were not “boutiques” and the outcome of the case was not what anti-discrimination laws were designed to do.

She said she would seek to change the legislation to prevent a repeat of the case.

”(I have) two choices – either I go through the expensive process of an appeal, or I just tend to go in to parliament and change the legislation,” Ms Spence told ABC Radio.

“I’d rather do the latter because it’ll be a quicker and easier option.

“I don’t think that when we introduced anti-discrimination legislation that we ever envisaged that prisoners would use it in this fashion.”

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: theaustralian.news.com.au

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