TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST STOP FIGHTING AUSTRALIA’S CHARITIES
Australia’s charity sector now fears that the Turnbull Government will back to waging war on the charity commission, with more than 100 charity heads signing an open letter to Prime Minister Turnbull.
It was only a year ago that the Coalition ended its failed five-year campaign to scrap the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. Now, rookie minister Michael Sukkar has reignited concerns about the Turnbull Government’s willingness to support the commission.
We’ve seen reactionary forces in the Coalition wrest control of policies from same-sex marriage to climate change. Now, it looks like they may be attempting to take charities regulation back to the dark ages.
Charities have strongly backed the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission ever since it was established by Labor in 2011. They have better things to do than to keep fighting for it.
A government that truly cared about charities would be getting on with fixing fundraising, removing duplicate reporting requirements, and strengthening the charities commission.
Michael Sukkar is the fifth Coalition minister responsible for the charities commission in less than four years of Coalition government. It’s clear that charities don’t trust him.
It’s time Malcolm Turnbull put the visigoths back in their box, and started supporting our charities.
MONDAY, 12 JUNE 2017