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Australian Greens welcome Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Report

“The Australian Greens welcome the legislative review report into the Australian not-For Profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC).

“The review panel found that there is wide support for the (ACNC) in the community and the sector, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson said today.

“I hope the Government pays close attention to this, they did not support the original legislation and tried once they came into power to get rid of the ACNC”.

“While I’m still going through the report, it is clear that the panel has made a number of very useful recommendations and observations.

“I’m pleased to see the panel’s support for the role of charities in advocacy to promote or oppose changes to any matter of law or policy practice linked to their organisation. Charities and not-for-profits play a critical role in society and are most often the leaders of change.

“This is a key function of our democracy and the Government is constantly trying to silence the charities and not-for-profit sector.

“The panel also recommended that the approach of the ACNC continue and there is strong support by the panel for the current objects of the ACNC.

“The report also looks at the controversial issue of Basic Religious Charities and subject to the adoption of some of their recommendations say then all Basic Religious Charities’ exemptions should be reviewed. This won’t be strong enough for some but would be some steps in the right direction.

“There is strong support for a national approach to fundraising laws. I particularly urge states to have a look at this report and the comments on this matter.”

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