June 05th, 2015
Fund-raising Institute of Australia, Philanthropy Australia, Civil Liberties Australia and the Myer Foundation all defended environmental groups' political advocacy.
University of New South Wales constitutional law expert Professor George Williams said on Friday that the Constitution protected such political communications from "infringement by state and federal laws".
He said any federal law that "prevented charities or other bodies from engaging in such communication could well fall foul of the guarantee, and could be challenged in the High Court".
Prof Williams said the 2010 High Court case had already shown a future challenge was "a real possibility" if the government tried to legislate a ban on political expression.
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In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.