Hands Off Our Charities
PWDA is a signatory and supporter of the Hands Off Our Charities campaign which seeks to ensure that the important work of charities is not threatened by three new proposed federal laws:
- Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
- Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017
- National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017.
These Bills are designed to stop foreign interference in the Australian electoral process and on national security. But these Bills have the potential to apply to and affect the important work that charities, community groups and other not-for-profits undertake when they partner with other organisations overseas or undertake local issues-based advocacy.
The Hands Off Our Charities campaign represents a broad coalition of organisations from International Development and Aid organisations, Conservation Groups, Faith-based organisations and Human Rights and Advocacy organisations who have come together to highlight the far-reaching consequences of these laws if they are enacted.