One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says attacks on halal certification are based on prejudice, and similar claims about kosher would be labelled anti-Semitic.

His comments comes as controversial Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming claims he has ministerial support for a plan to reform halal labelling laws – a claim immediately denied by the minister responsible.

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