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Government disregard for not-for-profits grows, as moves to repeal the ACNC get under way

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 5 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens say the Government is showing continuing disregard for the not-for-profit sector, commencing action to repeal the ACNC.

"The ACNC's purpose is to ensure more transparency and accountability of the not-for-profit sector and yet the Government is committed to abolishing it," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

"Minister Kevin Andrews has started this process by moving an amendment to the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, which will delay the commencement of the Charities Act 2013 by nine months from 1 January 2014 to 1 September 2014.

"This amendment was quietly slipped into a convoluted grab-bag Bill. The Government included this amendment at the least minute and obviously were hoping to avoid scrutiny of their actions, given they did not want an Inquiry into this Bill.

"As the Government moves to axe the ACNC, we have the ridiculous situation of Mr Brough calling for more transparency of the sector, that certainly won't happen if Mr Andrews gets rid of the Commission. Mr Brough's comments in fact expose the real agenda of trying to smear and undermine the not-for-profit sector. These are the same old arguments from the Conservatives.

"The not-for-profit sector undertakes crucial work across the country that would otherwise fall on Government. The Coalition should be supporting and strengthening the sector, not working to destabilise them.

"The Minister needs to make a formal announcement about the consultation process he will undertake to allow service providers to have their say on this potentially significant and detrimental decision," Senator Siewert concluded.


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