Religious charity stripped of status amid claims it is “above Australian law”

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has stripped the charity, Diwan Al Dawla, of its charity status following an investigation. Notably, the charity was highlighted for its legal battle with the Hawkesbury City Council.

“No charity is above the law,” said ACNC Commissioner, Dr Gary Johns. “The ACNC is here to ensure charities do the right thing. When concerns are reported to us, we take them seriously. We investigate and take appropriate action.”

The men behind the charity were ordered by the Land and Environment Court to remove illegal structures and remediate cleared land on Colo, NSW property. They are facing contempt of court charges for refusing to stop the illegal building on the property after being ordered to stop.

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