Democracy

Democracy

Speaking up for what’s right is a vital part of the work of charities. We speak up for the vulnerable, for human rights, and to hold the powerful accountable. We speak for the trees.

But right now, the Turnbull government wants to silence us. They plan to introduce legislation which will tell us how to spend our donations, prevent advocacy by organisations who campaign on potential election issues, and restrict the size of donations from people in our community.

If this proposal was law, independent, non-partisan, non-profit organisations who speak out for the common good would be restricted in ...

Speaking up for what’s right is a vital part of the work of charities. We speak up for the vulnerable, for human rights, and to hold the powerful accountable. We speak for the trees.

But right now, the Turnbull government wants to silence us. They plan to introduce legislation which will tell us how to spend our donations, prevent advocacy by organisations who campaign on potential election issues, and restrict the size of donations from people in our community.

If this proposal was law, independent, non-partisan, non-profit organisations who speak out for the common good would be restricted in their vital advocacy.

Community organisations must have a voice in Australian politics to balance the power of big business, polluters and individuals who hold disproportionate wealth and influence.

We will not be silenced. We stand together with other organisations in the charity sector to say hands off our democracy.

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Call your local MP

  • Ask for your MP, though you will most likely speak to a staffer
  • Introduce yourself. Tell them who you are and where you live
  • Tell the staffer the reason you’re calling is you want to speak to your MP about the Federal Government's Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, introduced into Parliament on 7 Dec 2017
  • The Bill should be aimed at stopping dodgy donations to political parties but instead it’s focused on attacking charities.
  • Tell them that the bill must be rejected and redrafted after consultation with those impacted

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