Article by MICHAEL PASCOE published in the SMH on 2/9/13

Kevin Andrews’ last big contribution to Australian public life was when he was Immigration Minister and totally botched the Dr Mohamed Haneef case, defaming and wrongly imprisoning the innocent doctor. The indications are that he intends to pick up in the style with which he left off, this time as Family and Human Services Minister.

Media Release

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP
Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services

Sunday 1 September 2013

Desperation has now seen Labor launch a scare campaign about the not-for-profit sector. The Coalition released its policy over a year ago and it seems Labor has now caught up with our plan to cut red tape and make life for the sector easier.



Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus

Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury





Today we saw another indication that the Coalition will seek to ignore the not-for-profit sector and silence them from speaking out against the savage cuts they have planned.


Labor banned the use of the Howard Government’s ‘gag clauses’ at a Federal level and established the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).


Article by Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes published in ProBono 3/9/13

Has there been a  sneaky ‘roll back’ of the regulatory role of the ACNC back to the ATO or just another complicating legislative tax issue, asksProfessor Myles McGregor-Lowndes,

Article by ROYCE MILLAR published front page of the Age and other Fairfax outlets September 01, 2013

If Tony Abbott is elected prime minister on Saturday he will abolish the watchdog established by Labor to keep an eye on the billions of dollars received and spent by Australian charities each year. Why?

Media release issued 1/8/13 following the first meeting of the C20 steering group

Australian civil society representatives have met for the first time to discuss how best to contribute to high-level policy decisions at next year’s G20 Summit in Brisbane.

“The importance of sustainable economic growth as a means of reducing inequality must be front-of-mind for global economic decision-makers, because inequality not only impacts those most disadvantaged in society, it also stifles global productivity,” World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello said.

Today’s announcement that the Australian Capital Territory will join the South Australian government in exempting nationally registered charities from also having to register in the ACT has been warmly welcomed.  More charities are now questioning why other states are not offering the same level of support to charities when the case for change is so clear.  

Today the Finance Minister Penny Wong will introduce into the Senate a motion banning gag clauses in all Federal government contracts with the not-for-profit sector.


This submission briefly outlines the Community Council for Australia (CCA) response to the COAG Regulatory Impact Assessment of potential duplication of governance and reporting standards for charities (RIA) consultation paper.

The CCA Board and members believe the issue of duplication in regulatory requirements for charities and more broadly for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector is a critical issue. 

Rev Tim Costello, CCA Chair and CEO of World Vision said ‘The Community Council for Australia welcomes the appointment of Mr David Crosbie to the new Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Advisory Board.  Mr Crosbie is a respected leader in the not-for-profit sector and has proven to be a strong and capable advocate for the not-for-profit sector.  His appointment is a testimony both to his skills and experience, and to the important work of CCA’