2017 IS THE YEAR FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISING REFORM - Media Release

THE HON ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

MEMBER FOR FENNER

 

THE HON MARLENE KAIROUZ MP

MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS, GAMING AND LIQUOR REGULATION

MEMBER FOR KOROROIT

 

2017 IS THE YEAR FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISING REFORM – BUT NOT IF YOU’RE MALCOLM TURNBULL

 Outmoded charity fundraising laws are holding back innovation, jeopardising trust and wasting valuable resources in the sector. 

At today's #fixfundraising event, leading voices in the sector made it clear that bringing charitable fundraising regulations under the Australian Consumer Law is the answer to the problem. 

As the sixth Coalition Minister to take responsibility for the charity sector in four years, Michael Sukkar must make it his first priority to be clear with the #fixfundraising alliance by answering one simple question: does the Turnbull government believe the Australian Consumer Law is the right regulatory framework for fundraising?

It is the states’ responsibility to reform the rules regulating how charities raise funds, and Victoria has taken a leadership role. However, the Commonwealth Government can support the reform process through the Council of Australian Governments and by ensuring the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is able to supervise a national framework.

The Federal Labor Party is already working with state governments like Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT to build on the work of the Charities Commission, which Federal Labor set up in government and saved from opposition.

The Commission has been a key step towards the creation of a national framework that will make life easier for charities while protecting Australians from scammers, by cutting the paperwork burden on charities and reducing duplicate reporting so that one registration with the Commission suffices in all jurisdictions.

We will continue to work with our state and territory colleagues on behalf of Australia's hardworking charities and Not-for-Profit organisations who are being held back by old fashioned frameworks, for no good reason

WEDNESDAY, 5 APRIL 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS 0437 320 393


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