Legal win for charities engaging in advocacy

In a landmark decision, the High Court has secured the charitable status of activist group Aid/Watch, which had been repealed by the ATO due to its lobbying activities.

Aid/Watch, an independent monitor of Australia’s aid and trade, argued that generating public debate and advocating for policy change, while political activity, is providing a public benefit.  Five of the seven High Court judges agreed that public debate on the efficiency of foreign aid directed towards poverty relief was a purpose beneficial to the community.

This is hailed as a significant win for Australian charities who engage in advocacy and lobbying activity.

You can read more at ProBono’s News website, or read the court’s decision at the Australasian Legal Information Institute.

Dec. 02, 2010

 Tags: government, general, advocacy

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