The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has fired a warning shot at the Australian Conservation Foundation, asking the environment group to “immediately read the guide on political advocacy” and consider withdrawing an open letter of complaint about Angus Taylor’s lack of action on climate change.
The ACNC told the ACF: “While a registered charity can advocate issues that relate to its charitable purpose, it cannot have the purpose of promoting or opposing a political party or a candidate.
“This is not limited to candidates during election periods – it includes current members of parliament.”
The ACF has rejected that assessment and has told the commission there is no justifiable basis for the climate change open letter to be withdrawn.
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