Government Accused of Undermining Australia’s Charities

The government is undermining Australia’s charities, the shadow minister for charities and not for profits has claimed.

In a discussion of matter of public importance raised in the House of Representatives on Thursday, Labor MP Andrew Leigh accused the government of “continuing its war on charities, prompting open letters and protests from the sector”.

His concerns addressed the proposed foreign donations ban as well as the recent appointment of “well-known charities critic” Dr Gary Johns to head the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and attempts to “shut down the ability of charities to advocate”.

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