The bill very broadly defines spending for a “political purpose”. This definition captures a number of charities, and the bill imposes stifling compliance obligations on them. Without changes to the bill, many charities and not-for-profit organisations will be prevented from advocating on social, environmental and economic issues.
Over the past months, the Government’s bill has been the subject of an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM). Labor members of the committee—including my Tasmanian colleague Senator Carol Brown—have been working tirelessly throughout the inquiry to ensure the voices of charities and not-for-profit groups were heard.
On 9 April 2018, the JSCEM issued their report on the proposed legislation. This report recommended substantial changes to the legislation to address the many concerns raised by the charity and not-for-profit sector.
It is now up to the Turnbull Government to listen and act on these concerns. Labor will work with the Government to find a sensible way to ban foreign donations, without placing an undue burden on the charities and not-for-profit organisations that do important work in our community.
Out and About with Charities & Community Service Organisations
Enjoying a community lunch with the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre.
Another community lunch—this time at the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre—with my colleagues Julie Collins MP, Alison Standen MP and David O’Byrne MP
Facilitating a meeting between representatives of Kingborough Helping Hands and Uniting’s Emergency Relief Service on how they collaborate on serving their communities.
Handing over a cheque to the Lions Club of Kingborough to help them with the costs of organsing their Snug Anzac Day Service and Sports Day.
Meeting Dexter the guide dog.
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