In a landmark decision, the High Court has secured the charitable status of activist group Aid/Watch, which had been repealed by the ATO due to its lobbying activities.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.
Dec. 02, 2010
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