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.
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.
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.
CCA's submission outlines nine measures the Community Council for Australia (CCA) believes will significantly strengthen Australia’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector and drive real economic savings for government over the coming financial year and beyond.
If Australia is to be a just and fair society where we increase collective ownership of local issues and build flourishing communities, there needs to be a genuine commitment to supporting reforms across the charities and not-for-profit sector from government and other key stakeholders. This is not about providing more funding to the sector, but about encouraging and supporting more effective and efficient organisations delivering better outcomes for our communities.
Australia’s leading charities and peak bodies today expressed deep concern that the appointment of Dr Gary Johns to lead the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission indicates the government is intent on silencing Australians by destabilising charities.
‘Charities across Australia are shaking their heads in disbelief that a high profile anti-charity campaigner has been appointed to replace Susan Pascoe as head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).
If charities want to retain the ability to engage in advocacy, they will have to push back against those who believe participation in the public contest of ideas should be restricted to the rich and powerful, write Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie, in Pro Bono News, 7 December 2017.