CCA's submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) expresses concern at the negative impact of the proposed Foreign Influence Transparence Scheme Bill 2017 on many Australian charities. Australian charities are well-regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Bill's broad 'catch all' terms threaten to ensnare many charities going about their normal activities in support of their charitable purpose. CCA, as does the Law Council of Australia, calls for an exemption for charities registered with the ACNC.
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.
We should never underestimate the importance of collective voices writes CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, as he sets a challenge for charities to be more active in 2018.
CCA encourages all in the charities and not-for-profit sector and the communites we serve to take an interest in the five year Review of the ACNC legislation. CCA is preparing a submission in consultation with members.
The most positive aspect of 2017 has been the way so many in the sector have come together to push back against those seeking to diminish it, writes CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 21 December 2018.
United with courage and the strength and optimism of our missions, we can build the just, fair, safe, inclusive, equal opportunity, creative, authentic, confident, kind, generous and compassionate Australia we want.
We will always raise our voices for our causes and our communities. Join CCA members (again) in singing the 12 days of the Australia we want for Christmas… Our very best wishes to you, your family and your community for hope, peace and fulfillment this Christmas and always.