The Hon Ben Morton MP
The Morrison Government today introduced legislation to further strengthen the integrity of our electoral system, modernise electoral processes, improve services to Australian voters and maintain voter confidence in elections.
An updated Candidate Qualification Checklist has been released as an Exposure Draft for public comment. The revised Checklist responds to Recommendation 1 of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ (JSCEM) Report on the conduct of the 2019 federal election and matters related thereto.
Late night break-ins. Illegal blockades. Damage to property and theft of stock. These are the types of unlawful behaviours promoted and engaged in by activist organisations masquerading as charities that will no longer be tolerated under strengthened rules to be implemented by the Morrison Government.
The Morrison Government welcomed another significant step yesterday on the path towards fundraising harmonisation and red-tape reduction for the charitable sector, with the release of a discussion paper on a proposed cross-border recognition model. The Government has been working with the states and the ACT, led by NSW, on fast-tracking work on fundraising harmonisation.
Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, reaffirmed today that the Commonwealth Government is committed to reforming the administration and oversight of organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
The Liberal-National Government values the essential role charities play, and the important role our philanthropic sector have in supporting the work of our charities, particularly when great challenges face Australians.