CHARITIES SUFFER AGAIN UNDER CHAOTIC COALITION
Australian charities are once again collateral damage of the crisis and division within the Coalition.
For the past five years, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has waged a war on charities, prompting two open letters to the Prime Minister of the day, and wasting endless hours of time as charities push back against the Coalition’s retrograde agenda.
Zed Seselja is the government’s sixth minister with responsibility for the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, following Kevin Andrews, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Michael McCormack and Michael Sukkar.
Regardless of what you think about each of those individuals, it’s hard to see how a minister can properly serve the sector when they’re only in the job for an average of ten months.
With one of Peter Dutton’s henchmen taking responsibility for the charities commission, charities will now be steeling themselves for the next attack.
Rewarding Senator Seselja’s appetite for destruction by placing him in charge of our best community builders just confirms the perverse energies that now guide this government.
In Labor’s case, we are the first major party to have a dedicated frontbench position for charities and not-for-profits. Throughout the past five years, I have had responsibility for the charities commission. This has allowed me to build relationships and develop policies with the sector.
Working with the non-government sector, we’ve seen off attempts to axe the charities commission, to nobble the advocacy work of charities, and to smother them in unnecessary paperwork. We’ve also been able to work on a positive reform agenda, campaigning to fix fundraising laws and reduce duplicate reporting requirements. My colleagues and I have held 15 ‘Reconnected’ forums across Australia, hearing from more than 1500 charity leaders about their ideas on rebuilding community.
Labor is stable, consistent and ready to govern. We’ve listened to charities and share their purpose to make Australia fairer for all.
MONDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2018
Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra