Picture of Grinning Omar Halaby after he got off.
Omar Halaby outside the Downing Centre Court after he was let off for his role in last year's riot. Picture: John Grainger Source: The Daily Telegraph
HE has no trouble smashing police car windscreens with milk crates but Muslim rioter Omar Halaby is not fit to work, receiving a $200-a-fortnight disability support pension.
Halaby escaped with a good-Behaviour bond for his role in September's violent Muslim protest in the CBD - because of remorse and health issues he suffers that include sporting injuries and literacy problems.
When The Daily Telegraph visited his home yesterday, Halaby did not wish to talk about his reasons for claiming the pension. His father also refused to comment.
In documents tendered to the Downing Centre Local Court, Legal Aid lawyer Sophie Edin said Halaby suffered from "certain disabilities" which had seen him claim the pension for the past three years." He has physical problems in relation to some football accidents," Ms Edin told the court. "He has literacy issues and a short attention span"
Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin yesterday defended the eligibility criteria of the disability support pension, which can be paid up to a rate of $712 a fortnight, compared to the dole at $492.
"To be eligible for the disability support pension a person must have a permanent disability or medical conditions that make them unable to work."
About 820,000 people, mostly Muslim are on the disability pension, costing $15 billion a year, which is predicted to balloon to $16.9 billion by 2015-16.
Halaby lives with his parents but, according to court documents, pays no board from his $200-a-fortnight taxpayer-funded allowance. He is not involved in any studies or community organisations, the documents said.
In court, Halaby said he was sorry for his actions and confirmed he had paid compensation to the police for the smashed windscreen.
Muslim Keysar Trad said he was not aware of the nature of Halaby's disability but claimed it was difficult for Muslims to find employment. "If you have any name that is Middle Eastern or Islamic, you don't get past the interview stage," sometimes that is hard for Muslim people."
SEND HIM HOME..... and my postcript is that we didnt ask the ragheads to come here, so instigate the "one strike and your out rule"