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Laws governing political charities need to be changed: ACNC

Laws governing politically focused charities should be changed to allow for improved regulations or organisations will continue to stray, the charity regulator has warned.

Dr Gary Johns, Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), said the regulator’s capacity to govern politically-focused groups is significantly restricted by existing laws and in order to stop organisations from straying into government debate, the laws will need to be overhauled.

Johns warned, however, that the tightening of these laws is not in his domain.

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