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In Conversation: Dr Gary Johns

Dr Gary Johns is the commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

He was appointed to take over the role in December 2017, in a move that sparked a degree of  animosity and surprise from the charity sector.

Johns – who previously served as a Labor minister in the Keating government and as a senior fellow at conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – has been a vocal critic of charities in the past.

Just days after he was appointed a petition was launched calling for his resignation.

But he has since defended his appointment and committed to trying to offer Australians greater transparency about charities.

Three months in to his new role, Johns talks to Pro Bono News about his plans for the ACNC, putting data back in the hands of the people, and why he is the best man for the job.

To view the full Pro Bono article, click here.

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