Senate debates

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012; In Committee

11:24 am

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

My final question to the minister in relation to these preliminary matters: can the minister clarify concerns that have been expressed in relation to the responsibility of board members where charities have been found guilty of non-compliant actions? I note some of my colleagues—I heard Senator McKenzie's considered contribution yesterday—talked about concerns raised by Mr Gonski about sanctions for non-compliance amongst directors being more onerous than in the for-profit sector. I did read into the Hansard in my contribution what Mr Gonski said just last month—that he was reasonably satisfied with the revisions. But, given that this was a legitimate concern that was raised, can the government clarify that what has previously been raised as a concern is no longer the case in terms of the proposed framework of this piece of legislation?


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