New Charities Boss must ensure militants don’t get special treatment

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has welcomed the appointment of former Labor Minister Gary Johns as the new Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and called on the new boss to crack down on militant political fronts that masquerade as charities.

The announcement follows revelations today that is under investigation for breaching the Charities Act more than a year ago.

“The fact that some militant political fronts are masquerading as charities and accessing huge benefits undermines the entire system and sadly the Charities and Not for Profits Commission has been too slow to act,” Senator Abetz said.

“With the benefits that come with charitable status should come a degree of scrutiny to ensure all organisations are playing within the rules and requirements of the enormous privilege of being classified as a charity.”

“Further, it is important that the Charities Commission ensure that those who have charitable status aren’t seeking to share the benefits of being a charity with political organisations.”

“I congratulate Minister Sukkar on this appointment which I trust will once again restore confidence in the system,” Senator Abetz concluded.


About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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