Senate debates

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Questions without Notice

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

2:39 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis. Attorney, your government seems determined to stifle dissent and undermine Australia's democracy with its relentless attack on civil society and the charity sector, including this week the announcement that the Turnbull government wants to stop advocacy from charities and not-for-profit groups from receiving international philanthropy.

Today these attacks have continued with the appointment of the anti-charity Gary Johns as commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Gary Johns has written an entire book venting his disdain for the charity sector. How does the government expect Mr Johns to carry out his duties in an impartial manner, and what are his qualifications for the job?


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