Boosting philanthropy is a fundamental part of building a stronger Australia, Labor MP Andrew Leigh has told audiences at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, in a speech calling for greater support of the ACNC and addressing the need to fix fundraising.
Following Christian Porter’s address discussing the latest figures from the Giving Australia 2016 project, the shadow minister for charities and not-for-profits said he was keen “not merely to document these worrying trends but also to think about what we can do to reverse them”.
“Part of that answer must be in ensuring that we have a strong charities commission,” Leigh said.
He paid tribute to Susan Pascoe for her “steady leadership” of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and questioned Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar’s decision not to meet with the board or renew Pascoe’s appointment.
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