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The Community Council for Australia (CCA) was very concerned about how the original Electoral Reform Bill (2017) would impact thousands of charities who would have faced quite complicated new administrative requirements and restrictions if they chose to make any public statements advocating for their cause or their community. 

The chilling impact of the new requirements and restrictions would have significantly diminished the public voice of charities in Australia. 

The ACNC is NOT a marketplace. All the research shows giving to a charity does not involve the same decision-making processes that we might use when purchasing a new toaster or flat screen TV.  Charities are not a commodity, CCA CEO David Crosbie writes in Pro Bono News, 25 October 2018

Everyday across Australia charities take a stand for truth. In thousands of ways, big and small, they work to undermine bigotry, ignorance, oppression and fear. This work has never been more important writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News.

As long as the richest and most powerful have the greatest influence over national policy, the interests of our communities will be poorly reflected in many areas of national policy making.  This week’s Grattan report on access and influence in Australian politics’ highlights many issues. Most importantly, its recommendations are a great starting point for the reforms to national policy making that Australia desperately needs , writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 27 September 2018.

This supplementary submission outlines key areas of concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the proposed amended Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.  CCA is pleased that the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) have put forward such comprehensive recommendations and the proposed amendments go a long way to reducing the potential negative impact of the original Bill.  Given CCA has previously provided a submission on the original legislation, this supplementary submission will make only four key points that CCA sees as important, needing further clarification or amendment.

This submission outlines key areas of opportunity and concern for the Community Council for Australia (CCA) in relation to the proposed Australian Charities External Conduct Standards.  CCA welcomes the opportunity to engage with The Treasury on this very important issue.

CCA has long supported ending the multiple application processes involved in DGR and charitable status. Reforming DGR to ensure that most DGR organisations are listed with the ACNC and ending the role of separate registers run at a Departmental level makes good sense, reduces red tape and compliance, increases transparency, and is a sound practical policy initiative. Similarly, the move to streamline the public fund requirements has long been supported across the charities sector. CCA welcomes these proposed reforms. CCA has serious reservations about a number of other proposed reforms and is flagging those concerns in this submission, knowing they may fall outside of the current consultation paper.

Safety is part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s three-point plan to win the next election, but what is he doing to create a safer Australia? Is this about politics? Or is it about authentic action that leaves easy headlines behind? If we care to look, it's not hard to see where to start. CCA CEO David Crosbie does just that in Pro Bono News, 13 September 2018.

If we are to reduce the level of entrenched disadvantage in Australia, we need to change priorities within government, and confront the fundamental inequality that places the voices of communities, charities and broader civil society at the bottom of the political influence pile, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie, in Pro Bono News, 30 August 2018.

For the Department of the Environment and Energy to grant over $440 million to a small charity that didn’t even prepare an application form or ask for the grant is inconceivable, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 16 August 2018.