Charities fear donations bill a muzzle

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 4 : 11-Jan-18

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has rejected claims that the Federal Government’s move to ban foreign donations to political parties will limit the ability of charities to engage in public debate on social issues. Charities would be required to register as a political campaigner if their "political expenditure" has exceeded $A100,000 in any of the last four years. John Falzon of the St Vincent de Paul Society says the bill is targeting organisations that are critical of government policy, and it will increase the compliance burden for charities.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY, COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR AUSTRALIA LIMITED

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