CCA generally welcomes the intention of the amendments proposed by Attorney General, Christian Porter - but calls for areas of uncertainty to be resolved - and remains confused as to why charities pursuing their charitable purpose are not excluded when business groups, non-charitable peak bodies and others are exempt. The cost to Australia of reducing international collaboration by charities and their engagement in the public policy process would be extremely high. Ideally the Bill will exclude Australian registered charities engaged in their normal activities and pursuing their legitimate charitable purpose, even if they have engaged in international collaboration.
The government approach to electoral reform is not about good policy or real reform, it is about maintaining and extending political advantage, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 7 June 2018.
CCA's Autumn News brings a round up of our policy and advocacy work to strengthen the future and the impact of the charities and not-for-profit sector, build flourishing communities and work towards the Australia we want.
In the wake of the New Zealand federal budget CCA CEO David Crosbie imagines an Australia where governments also set targets that relate to the kind of Australia we want to live in, Pro Bono News, 24 May
This Budget is about a political contest – with the Government backing self-interest over community interest. When politics dominates, when popularism and nationalism are in ascendancy, good policy making is diminished. Our democracy suffers, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 10 May.
To realise the vision of an Australia that embraces its dreamers, we need to enhance and strengthen the role of charities and broader civil society, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 26 April.
CCA joins eleven leading national peak bodies working in the charity sector to launch a Model Policy to improve how charities handle and learn from complaints.
Following CCA’s submission last October and an appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Political Donations, CCA was invited to address questions from the Committee including on the adequacy of current laws governing third parties and their political expenditure; the most appropriate means, if any, of further regulating third party actors to improve the integrity of decision-making; and how additional third party regulation might impact charities to fulfil their purpose under the ACNC Act.
Attacks on charitable advocacy may compel some charities to form their own political parties, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News.
‘The release of the Joint Standing Committee in Electoral Matters (JSCEM) report into political donations acknowledges the problems and is a step in the right direction, but it still does not clearly identify how a newly drafted Bill will ensure charities can speak up for their causes or their communities without being labelled political actors’, according to David Crosbie, CEO of the Community Council for Australia (CCA).