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ACNC head says ‘very few’ charities are acting illegally despite crackdown

Luke Michael, Thursday, 10th June 2021 -  Amid the Morrison’s government’s push to crackdown on the issue of “activist” charities, the charities commissioner says current data does not suggest this is a problem    The charities

Let’s open government to NFP expertise and citizen voice

Craig Comrie, Monday, 7th June 2021 -  At the end of another sitting week, Craig Comrie wonders what would happen if question time and estimates became opportunities not for politicians to gain one up on each other, but

ACNC commissioner faces Senate scrutiny over travel arrangements

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th March 2021 -  Senate Estimates heard that the charities commissioner cost taxpayers $36,500 in flights over a six-month period flying from his home to the ACNC main office  The head of the charities

Government’s Plan to Cut Disability Support Pension Backfires

Luke Michael, Friday, 26th October 2018 -  The federal government is ditching controversial plans to review the eligibility of 90,000 people on the Disability Support Pension after only a tiny fraction of recipients were

Welfare to Be Docked up to 15 Per Cent to Pay Unpaid Court Fines

Luke Michael, Friday, 1st June 2018 -  The federal government plans to deduct up to 15 per cent of welfare payments for recipients with unpaid courts fines, in order to help people “stay out of jail”. The government announced

ACNC Head Defends Decision to Go It Alone in the Senate

Wendy Williams, Friday, 1st June 2018 -  The head of the national charity regulator has defended his “absurd” decision to appear alone before Senate Estimates. Commonwealth agency heads are called to Canberra three times

Questions Raised Over Record Government Charity Grant

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 -  Questions have been raised about why a small environmental charity with close corporate links has received a $444 million grant from the federal government with no tender process.    

Time for ACNC to Reveal Secrets?

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 11th February 2016 -  Regulations preventing the national charity regulator from revealing details about organisations that it has investigated should be reconsidered, according to a Not for Profit…

Newstart Change Will Push Under-30s into Poverty – ACOSS

Staff Reporter, Friday, 6th June 2014 -  Welfare peak body, the Australian Council of Social Service, has called on the Federal Government to drop its plan to deny unemployed people under 30 access to income support for six…

No Consultation on ACNC Abolition – Opposition

Lina Caneva, Friday, 28th February 2014 -  Senate Estimates hearings this week confirm that the Abbott Government’s promise to consult charities about its plan to abolish the charities regulator is hollow, says Shadow…

ATO Planning ACNC Takeover

Staff Reporter, Thursday, 27th February 2014 -  The Australian Tax Office has started planning to take over the regulatory roles of national charity regulator the ACNC, a Senate Estimates hearing has been told. The Commissioner…

Welfare Payment Changes Take the Rap for Jobless Rise

Staff Reporter, Monday, 18th November 2013 -  A welfare agency is claiming changes to welfare payments were partly responsible for 55 per cent increase of Australians claiming the Newstart Allowance. According to National…
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