Volunteering Australia have provided a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.
Volunteering Australia emphasises that civil society faces a perilous period with the attacks on issues-based advocacy. The ability of charities to tackle injustice and social, economic and environmental inequalities is crucial in keeping Governments to account and to maintaining our democracy. The amendments proposed in this Bill will have significant impact on the ability of charities to advocate effectively for their constituents, grouping the nonpartisan activities of charities with partisan political activities.
In this submission Volunteering Australia outline the impact the Bill will have on the volunteering sector and the reason why it is necessary for charities to have the ability to advocate on behalf of their constituents.