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Briefing paper

No good deed goes unpunished: the effect of Coalition–Labor “political campaigners” amendments on charities

Charities Law reform Political campaigns Legislation Not for profit sector Australia
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In the last parliamentary sitting weeks of 2021, the Morrison Government and Labor Opposition negotiated a deal to pass “political campaigner” legislation, although the legislation now refers to “significant third parties” instead.

Charities, including the Australia Institute, have expressed serious concerns that the legislation is ill-considered, rushed and designed to quell legitimate charity advocacy ahead of the 2022 election.

This briefing note explains what the laws are, how have they changed, and what the consequences might be for the charities sector.

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