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Philanthropy Australia Welcomes New Electoral Laws

November 28th, 2018

Philanthropy Australia welcomes the passing of the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2018 through the House of Representatives yesterday.

The Bill reflects the strength of our democracy, with parliamentarians working together to achieve greater transparency for our electoral system without stifling the role of charities to advocate for better policies.

We would like to thank the Government and Opposition for their work on this important piece of legislation through the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. We also especially appreciate the efforts of the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann; the Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-profits, the Hon Andrew Leigh MP; and the Shadow Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Don Farrell.

Philanthropy Australia recognises the important campaigning of the Hands Off Our Charities alliance and commends the support and advocacy of its members in achieving this outcome.  It is a clear demonstration of the criticality of informed, collective community voices and active engagement in policy debates

Philanthropy Australia supports the need for a robust and transparent system for regulating elections, including third parties and those who fund them.


About Philanthropy Australia: As the peak body for giving, Philanthropy Australia uses the collective voice of the hundreds of funders, social investors, for-purpose organisations and change agents that comprise its membership community to advocate for policy and regulatory environments that enable more philanthropy with impact in Australia.

Media contact: Avril Redmond  0410166266

PDF copy of statement available here.

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