Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Policy

Charity Advocacy Petition Gets Attention


Tuesday, 5th May 2015 at 11:56 am
Lina Caneva
Almost 90,000 people have signed a petition calling for the charity status of environmental and animal welfare organisations to be protected.

Tuesday, 5th May 2015
at 11:56 am
Lina Caneva


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Charity Advocacy Petition Gets Attention
Tuesday, 5th May 2015 at 11:56 am

Almost 90,000 people have signed a petition calling for the charity status of environmental and animal welfare organisations to be protected.

As reported by Pro Bono Australia News last month, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment, chaired by Liberal MP Alex Hawke, announced that it would be scrutinising tax-deductible donations made to environmental groups and their Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Organisations labelled the move as an attack on their advocacy work, with CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Kelly O’Shanassy, telling Pro Bono Australia News that the inquiry “does look a lot like an attempt to stymie the work of people committed to protecting Australia’s environment for current and future generations”.

“While some politicians would be more comfortable if advocacy groups didn’t exist, democracies don’t work like that.  Politicians should not be able to draw the line where it suits them just because they don’t like what we say from time to time,” O’Shanassy said.

“This latest attack won’t stop us from continuing to bring together people who love nature and strive to protect it.”

The petition, which has been uploaded onto the activist social network Care2, claims that animal welfare groups are facing the same “attacks”.

The petition has already been signed more than 86,000 times from people all over the world.

“The Australian Government is planning to revoke the charity status of animal welfare organisations and environmental groups,” the petition reads.

“The move would take away the democratic choice of Australians to give tax-deductible donations to their charities of choice.

“Furthermore, the Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told the NSW Nationals annual conference recently that he will move to review the charity status of animal welfare organisations.

“This follows complaints by farmers and abattoir owners after animal welfare advocates trespassed on to piggeries and abattoirs to obtain undercover footage that exposed horrific treatment, which led to operations being shut down.

“Removing the charity status of animal welfare organisations and environmental groups is designed to protect the business interests of factory farmers and logging interests respectively and at the expense of animal welfare and the environment.”

At a recent gathering of the Not for Profit sector in Canberra, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg denied that the Government was working to halt the advocacy work of organisations.

“I’m never going to give you the answer that you want but we are not intent on silencing voices,” Frydenberg said.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Policy boldness needed to encourage philanthropy

Krystian Seibert

Thursday, 2nd May 2019 at 8:38 am

Sector Tributes Flow Over Death of Environmental Leader

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 18th October 2018 at 8:48 am

‘In Australia’ – What Does It Mean and How Does It Affect You?

Contributor

Thursday, 27th September 2018 at 7:00 am

Why NFPs Should Volunteer to File a Modern Slavery Statement

Rob Jackson

Thursday, 26th July 2018 at 1:59 pm

POPULAR

Charities take fundraising into their own hands

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 18th June 2019 at 8:28 am

Why an AAT ruling could shake-up NDIS funding

Luke Michael

Friday, 14th June 2019 at 4:16 pm

UK inquiry finds Oxfam failed to act on child sex abuse claims

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 12th June 2019 at 5:26 pm

Can teaming up with finance groups save your charity?

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 12th June 2019 at 5:14 pm

Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!