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If I could have anything, I would like to see a more compassionate Australia in 2019, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News.

CCA Members and Friends - Our thanks for your support and involvement in 2018. It has been an important year, and one in which our collective strength and voice has made a difference. Our very best wishes to you and your family, and your community.  Click through for a little bit of festive fun!

Neither the market nor the state alone can re-thread our social fabric, rebuild democracy and respond to a rapidly changing age. Charities must be at the heart of it. We must drive change or accept our future irrelevance writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 22 November 2018

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. 

Hyper-partisan politics is ramping up the pressure on charities. Giving in may provide some short-term wins, but sacrificing independence and authenticity will extract a higher price in the longer term writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 8 November 2018.

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.