February 07th, 2015
Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison appears to be backing away from his predecessor's plans to abolish the well-regarded Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), amid sector opposition and an unsympathetic crossbench.
The national charity watchdog was set up by the Gillard government in December 2012 following two decades of policy advocacy by the sector, but its abolition was an election commitment of the Abbott government as part of its move to get rid of "red tape."
But in response to questions from Fairfax Media about the future of the regulator, Senator Morrison said axing the ACNC was a low priority, and he would be focusing on the new families package instead.
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