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Greens to oppose ACNC repeal as the Abbott Government ignores the community sector

The Australian Greens said today they would continue to support the community sector and oppose any government attempts to repeal the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission.

"Tony Abbott and the Coalition are showing deep disrespect to the community sector by trying to repeal the ACNC, despite its broad support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on community services said today.

"I am very concerned about the lack of information and consultation surrounding this entire process. The Abbott Government is simply creating uncertainty and confusion.

"It is misleading for the government to treat the repeal of the ACNC as an exercise in red tape reduction. Any repeal of the ACNC will make things more complicated for the sector, who are already stretched beyond their means.

"Abolishing the commission means handing assessment and regulation of the not-for-profit sector back to the ATO, an organisation which is ill-equipped for the task and lacks important transparency. This creates more confusion and bureaucracy and makes it harder for charitable organisations to play a critical role in our society.

"The not-for-profit sector is on the front line when it comes to dealing with the impacts of social policies, such as cuts to single parent payments and the ongoing inadequacy of Newstart. Demand for support will no doubt increase as a result of government cuts through the Commission of Audit or welfare review processes.

"The Greens will oppose the Government's reckless attempts to destabilise Australia's vital not for profit sector," Senator Siewert concluded.


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