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The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform ) Bill 2017 was introduced to the Senate on 7 December. 

It seeks to address political influence and foreign donations with a ‘catch all’ approach that fails to recognise that charities are already prohibited from partisan political activity – but have a legitimate role as advocates when speaking up on issues in pursuit of their charitable purpose.

Tim Costello, Chief Advocate for World Vision and CCA Chair talks to Sky News:


In this edition, new direction for the ACNC and the ACNC Review; charity voices under threat as Government moves on electoral reform; Foreign Transparency Scheme Bill has big implications for charities; Impact Investing; DGR reform; fundraising and the ACL and creating the Australia we want.

CCA CEO David Crosbie shares an extract from his opening statement before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, and why the CCA are concerned the proposed legislation could impose new administrative and compliance requirements on charities in Pro Bono News, 1 Feb 2018.

This submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters outlines key areas of concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to changes to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.

CCA CEO David Crosbie tells Pro Bono News that “Any doubt about the intention of the new ACNC commissioner to impose an ill-conceived restrictive agenda on all charities can now be dispelled with the ACNC submission into their review. The proposed new objects alone should be a wake-up call to every charity in Australia.