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Religious organisations slam plan to shut down charities for minor offences

Luke Michael, Thursday, 6th May 2021 -  Charity leaders say the sector is facing a red tape nightmare that will curtail charitable advocacy      

ACNC called upon to investigate the Church of Scientology’s charity status

Nikki Stefanoff, Wednesday, 7th April 2021 -  An investigation by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald has found the Church of Scientology shifted millions of dollars into Australia

ALP concerned by push to boost ACNC enforcement powers

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th February 2021 -  But the Morrison government denies it is increasing the scope of the commissioner’s powers 

Government moves to increase financial reporting thresholds for charities

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 24th February 2021 -  Advocates of the reform say it will help charities “get back on their feet and future-proof their economic sustainability”     

Government looks to broaden ACNC’s powers amid crackdown on unlawful activity

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th February 2021 -  Some in the sector say the push is reminiscent of “Stalinist Russia”       

Opinion

Predictions for 2021: Charities

Dr Gary Johns, Thursday, 14th January 2021 -  To kick off this year’s series of predictions about what the social economy can expect from 2021, Dr Gary Johns writes there will be an ongoing climate of uncertainty in which innovation will be key to charities surviving and thriving. 

Government signals harsher penalties against charities supporting unlawful behaviour

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 15th December 2020 -  The assistant minister for charities says the new governance standard will be introduced via the charities commission 

Organisations refusing to join redress scheme face loss of charity status

Luke Michael, Monday, 30th November 2020 -  “It is completely unacceptable for named institutions to refuse to accept their moral obligation and responsibility to acknowledge the wrongs committed,” the social services minister says.

Opinion

Waiting for reform?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 12th November 2020 -  It’s been 10 years since the Productivity Commission published its report on the charity sector, yet many of the issues it highlighted then are the same today. This suggests we need to take a different approach to sector reform, and get better at p

Charities regulator finds bushfire charities acted responsibly during disaster

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 27th October 2020 -  Over $640 million was directed to charities to help affected communities during this year’s summer bushfire season 
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