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Pursuing purpose in times of politics

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 9th May 2022 -  What’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to advocating as a charity during election time? Elections have a way of focusing purpose, and for many charities the time to advocate for

‘It’s undemocratic’: NSW anti-protest laws spark a civil society backlash

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 4th April 2022 -  A coalition of community and advocacy groups say new laws are incompatible with the democratic right to protest and fundamental civil liberties.  The NSW parliament has passed tough…

Charities shocked and angry as deal done on political campaigners bill

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 2nd December 2021 -  “This change represents an attack on charities, our democracy and the right to advocate for positive change.”  Charities claim the government has “guillotined debate” after the

Senate backs charities in disallowing proposed ACNC changes

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 26th November 2021 -  Charities said the proposed changes threatened to shut down organisations for speaking out, or for taking part in protest The sector is celebrating a win for advocacy following the

‘It’s really come out of nowhere’: Charities dismayed by changes to political campaigners bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 23rd November 2021 -  Advocates believe the amendments need more scrutiny and consideration  Charities have been blindsided by new amendments to the federal government’s political campaigners bill,

New charity regulations could cost sector $150 million

Luke Michael, Monday, 11th October 2021 -  “Not only will these changes crack down on the free speech of charities across Australia, the burdensome red tape will affect service delivery” The federal government’s proposed

Liberal-led committee rails against government advocacy crackdown

Luke Michael, Monday, 4th October 2021 -  The committee believes a proposal to change governance standards may infringe on a charity’s implied freedom of political communication  Charity advocates are pushing to have

‘They are not just an attack on charities. They are an attack on democracy.’

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 4th August 2021 -  The charity sector has 15 days to secure support for a disallowance motion to prevent controversial changes to governance standards becoming law, after the regulations were tabled

Charities use full-page ad to condemn proposed regulations

Luke Michael, Thursday, 24th June 2021 -  “These regulations must be abandoned. The work of Australia’s charities should not be stifled when the country needs us the most” The social sector’s campaign against plans to change

Review of foreign donations bill puts charities on alert

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 27th January 2021 -  Civil society organisations are being urged to make a submission to a new parliamentary inquiry           Charities are determined to ensure that issue-based advocacy remains protected

Charitable advocacy threatened in the UK

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 20th January 2021 -  New research shows nine in 10 campaigners believe that civil society is under threat, as Australian charities are warned to be wary of political attacks coming into the federal election

Environmental charities under the spotlight for advocacy

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 10th December 2019 -  Greenpeace says political advocacy is a vital part of a charity’s purpose  Political advocacy is an essential task for charities and is something that must be protected, Greenpeace
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