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Grants

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Agriculture Water and the Environment

Ministers responsible for the Agriculture Water and the Environment Portfolio awarded 14.68% of grants to FAIRLY SAFE electorates

Grants

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DICKSON

Between Jan 2018 & April 2021 orgs in the MARGINAL electorate of DICKSON held by LNP MP Peter Dutton received over $30.51 million in grants

Charities

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Newcastle

Based on ACNC data, in 2019 charities in the electorate of Newcastle held by ALP MP Sharon Claydon declared over $2,119.94 million in revenue.

Franking Credits

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MAKIN

In the 17-18 tax year, residents in the electorate of MAKIN held by ALP MP Tony Zappia received franking credits worth $31.90 million.

Political Parties

ALP PARTY

Between 2013 and 2021 the ALP PARTY declared $515,256,158 to the AEC.

Associated Entities

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INDUSTRIAL STAFF UNION

Between 2013 and 2020 the ALP-affiliated associated entity INDUSTRIAL STAFF UNION declared $270,100 to the AEC.

Third Parties

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AMIEU

Between 2013 and 2019 the ALP-affiliated 3rd party AMIEU spent $21,420 on political messaging.

Campaigners

ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION

Between 2018 and 2020 the un-affiliated campaigner ANIMALS AUSTRALIA FEDERATION spent $515,879 on political messaging.

Megacorps

ANGLO AMERICAN

Between 2013 and 2021 ANGLO AMERICAN declared $26,004,308,702 revenue, paid $824,879,013 in tax & paid $8,523,245 to political orgs.

Payments from tax transparency list corps to political orgs includes donations & other receipts (subscriptions, rent, payment for services etc) to political parties, their associated entities, third parties, campaigners and political candidates.


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FORMER HEAD, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

I was impressed by the #Censusfail submission to this (Inquiry) Committee. It very clearly showed some good analysis that would have helped the ABS to run a better Census if it had done such research before developing the Census proposal. It also saved me from explaining the current thrust in government with the Government Data Linkage Project, and its likely links to the Census. Bill McLennan (Former Head of the ABS, Former Chairman United Nations Statistical Commission) in his Submission to the 2016 Inquiry.
Garry Brooke

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I’ve worked with Rosie Williams on budget data transparency since November 2013. Rosie has developed her project into the best government data transparency initiative I know... continually updated and improved to make underlying data intelligible and to focus on key aspects for analysis. My interest has particularly been on the transparency of federal budget data.
Scott Ludlam

FORMER SENATOR, THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS

We could hear from digital rights organisations like the Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watchand Electronic Frontiers Australia and from specialist researchers like Rosie Williams and Asher Wolf, who have led the debate online.

Sleeping Giants

ADVERTISING ACTIVISM

In late 2018, Sleeping Giants Australia, 'a community initiative to make racism, bigotry, misogyny and climate change denial less profitable', used data I provided to them on the parliamentarians who have accepted subscriptions to Foxtel in their campaign against racism. Sky took umbridge at this campaign and Sleeping Giants & similar campaigns have been the focus of media commentary ever since. My Tweet was pictured in a front-page diatribe in The Australian against Denise Shrivell who The Australian claimed is resonsible for the Sleeping Giants Australia account.



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Religious charities set to benefit the most from the loosening of reporting requirements.

Government Moves Charity Transparency In The Wrong Direction


Religious charities set to benefit the most from the loosening of reporting requirements.

Government Moves Charity Transparency In The Wrong Direction

Financial transparency in Australia's charity sector has a surprisingly short history. It was only in 2012 that the outgoing Labor government established a dedicated charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission which requires charities to report their finances and operations for public scrutiny on an annual basis.

Even then, the legislation to establish the ACNC was only put in place once a reporting loophole was tacked on, exempting religious charities from reporting and governance requirements when they self-assess as Basic Religious Charities.

However, this loophole is not the only blind-spot in charity reporting. There is also group reporting and the reporting exemption that applies to small charities to consider.

In addition to the Basic Religious Charity reporting loophole and despite receiving billions for the delivery of social services, the option to report as a group can mean charities carrying out different activites in different states can aggregate their finances into a single set of numbers, vastly reducing the utility of those figues in gaining an independent and objective analysis of their activities.

The consequences of group reporting mean that for 16% of the $166 billion revenue declared by charities in 2019 there is no breakdown by individual ABN or location which means they can't be filted by electorate or similar settings. Nor can we tell which activities were carried out by which group member and where.

Total Revenue by Electorates

Total Revenue by Activity

I realised the problems posed by group reporting for researchers when I sought to estimate the amounts earned by employment agencies and op shops owned by religious charities and the numbers of income support recipients forced to provide $300 a fortnight in unpaid labour to these charities with no superannuation or other worker rights.

The Salvation Army is a good example of the difficulties in transparency created by both group reporting and Basic Religious Charity exemptions. The Salvation Army runs a network of op shops and employment services among other activites across the country and a majority of their ABNs are aggregated into a single set of figures with no breakdown by entity or function. Excluded from this group reporting are the Salvation Army property trusts. Many of these trusts are excused from financial reporting by claiming to be Basic Religious Charities so provide no financial or staff information despite these entities holding the trading names for op shops and employment services and in the case of the Victorian property trust, taking in millions annually in government funding.

Secular organisations recieve no such privacy over their operations and it takes some explaining as to why, when even the ACNC itself recommended the removal of the Basic Religious Charity loophole in the five year legislative review, that the government chose to continue it?

Despite receiving over $3 million in a single tender in 2018 to run ParentsNext, and over $100 million in 2019 alone, the Victorian Salvation Army property trust provides no finances to the ACNC by claiming to be a 'small' charity and/or a Basic Religious Charity.

Commonwealth grants & tenders for recent years for The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust ABN:64472238844

The Salvation Army 2019 Annual Report claims their 340 op shops across the country are staffed by 10,000 'volunteers'. With the revenue taken from running the employment services which are known for their avid punishment of income support recipients and the financial benefits from that free labour, it is reasonable to ask whether the pretty picture painted by their carefully crafted Annual Reports reflect the experiences of those required to work for them without the right to call themselves employed?

At what point does a charity stop representing the poor and become an agent of government surveillance? Few people would consider the forced attendence to ParentsNext or Employment Services to be a religious experience and the use of forced labour in op shops in return for welfare payments is an ethical dilemma for organisations which stake their social licence on the belief they are helping the poor rather then helping themselves.

An additional reporting issue depends on charity size. According to the ACNC, 'small' charities can please themselves whether they provide financial reports to the ACNC and they are not subject to review or audit.

Far from closing down reporting loopholes, the government is currently in the process of increasing the revenue thresholds under which charities can claim to be small charities (and therefore not required to supply financial reports to the regulator) from $250,000 a year to at least $500,000.

Every charity has to provide financial information to the ACNC in the Annual Information Statement, regardless of its size. Each charity assesses its size, but the revenue it reports in the Annual Information Statement has to align with that size. (ACNC spokesperson) 

When questioned, the ACNC claims that every charity must provide financial information and that the charity size claimed by each charity has to align with their financial reports. The ACNC neglects to mention that for small charities, the supply of financial reports to the ACNC is voluntary so there is no way for the charity regulator to establish one way or the other whether a charity is actually a small charity or just claiming to be.

Religious charities outnumber all others in both the small and medium categories so with more medium charities able to claim the small charity reporting exemption and not compelled to provide reports to back this up, even more wealth will be hidden from view.

Charity Size by Number

Charity Size by Activity

ActivityCharitiesSize%
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES11,211Small23.50%
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES2,156Medium4.52%
OTHER EDUCATION1,903Small3.99%
CULTURE AND ARTS1,884Small3.95%
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION1,840Large3.86%
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION1,823Small3.82%
GRANT-MAKING ACTIVITIES1,787Small3.75%
SOCIAL SERVICES1,655Small3.47%
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT1,633Small3.42%
OTHER EDUCATION1,093Medium2.29%
EMERGENCY AND RELIEF1,006Small2.11%
OTHER EDUCATION936Large1.96%
OTHER HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY899Small1.88%
SOCIAL SERVICES879Large1.84%
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES819Large1.72%
ADVOCACY AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES788Small1.65%
AGED CARE ACTIVITIES672Large1.41%
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES669Small1.40%
OTHER HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY645Large1.35%
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT582Medium1.22%
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT548Large1.15%
OTHER RECREATION516Small1.08%
ANIMAL PROTECTION513Small1.08%
SOCIAL SERVICES472Medium0.99%
AGED CARE ACTIVITIES439Small0.92%
CULTURE AND ARTS424Medium0.89%
OTHER PHILANTHROPIC INTERMEDIARIES AND VOLUNTARISM PROMOTION409Small0.86%
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES408Small0.86%
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION395Medium0.83%
MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS INTERVENTION378Small0.79%
HOUSING ACTIVITIES369Small0.77%
GRANT-MAKING ACTIVITIES361Medium0.76%
HIGHER EDUCATION338Small0.71%
CULTURE AND ARTS327Large0.69%
RESEARCH324Small0.68%
GRANT-MAKING ACTIVITIES301Large0.63%
OTHER HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY293Medium0.61%
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING261Large0.55%
SPORTS259Small0.54%
HIGHER EDUCATION223Large0.47%
HOUSING ACTIVITIES219Large0.46%
HOSPITAL SERVICES AND REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES216Small0.45%
ADVOCACY AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES203Medium0.43%
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES193Medium0.40%
EMERGENCY AND RELIEF191Medium0.40%
RESEARCH184Large0.39%
HOUSING ACTIVITIES179Medium0.38%
AGED CARE ACTIVITIES178Medium0.37%
ADVOCACY AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES176Large0.37%
INCOME SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE157Small0.33%
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES146Large0.31%
MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS INTERVENTION145Large0.30%
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING138Small0.29%
EMERGENCY AND RELIEF129Large0.27%
MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS INTERVENTION122Medium0.26%
HOSPITAL SERVICES AND REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES104Large0.22%
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING101Medium0.21%
OTHER PHILANTHROPIC INTERMEDIARIES AND VOLUNTARISM PROMOTION98Medium0.21%
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES97Large0.20%
LAW AND LEGAL SERVICES91Large0.19%
RESEARCH91Medium0.19%
OTHER RECREATION86Medium0.18%
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES84Medium0.18%
OTHER PHILANTHROPIC INTERMEDIARIES AND VOLUNTARISM PROMOTION79Large0.17%
HIGHER EDUCATION78Medium0.16%
SPORTS64Medium0.13%
ANIMAL PROTECTION59Medium0.12%
LAW AND LEGAL SERVICES57Medium0.12%
HOSPITAL SERVICES AND REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES54Medium0.11%
ANIMAL PROTECTION49Large0.10%
OTHER RECREATION47Large0.10%
LAW AND LEGAL SERVICES45Small0.09%
INCOME SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE29Medium0.06%
SPORTS26Large0.05%
INCOME SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE20Large0.04%

Given that in both number and revenue, small and medium religious charities outweigh those operating for any other purpose, it will be the religious sector that benefits most from the increased lack of transparency that comes with the new thresholds. To make matters worse, over half (8,445) of the 14,000+ religious charities provide no financial information at all regardless of size courtesy of the Basic Religious Charity loophole.

This absence of accountability and scrutiny for the religious sector stands in stark contrast to the increasing regulation of environmental and civil rights charities which are facing extending governance requirements to allow the charity Commissioner the power to de-register charities seen to promote civil disobediance.

When the former IPA Research Fellow, Gary Johns took over the charity regulator after the original Commissioner had fought its abolition by the Abbott government, concerns were raised about the politicisation of Australia's regulators. With hindsight we can now see the changes that politicsation has wrought, both in terms of lifting scrutniy from the religious sector and in increasing it on those charities most willing to stand up to conservative powers.



Religious charities receive millions in Commonwealth grants, but not all of them are required to disclose their finances to the regulators.

Shining A Spotlight On The Finances Of Religious Charities


Religious charities receive millions in Commonwealth grants, but not all of them are required to disclose their finances to the regulators.

Shining A Spotlight On The Finances Of Religious Charities

The adage that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes has never applied to religious charities but new registration requirements mean those enjoying the greatest tax breaks face an uncertain future.

Of Death And Taxes


The adage that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes has never applied to religious charities but new registration requirements mean those enjoying the greatest tax breaks face an uncertain future.

Of Death And Taxes

The appointment of former IPA Research Fellow as Charities Commissioner has caused internal ructions in the senior ranks of the ACNC.

Ipa Appointee Fails To Attend Estimates


The appointment of former IPA Research Fellow as Charities Commissioner has caused internal ructions in the senior ranks of the ACNC.

Ipa Appointee Fails To Attend Estimates

Religious charities should not be able to hide their wealth- updated with comment from Andrew Leigh.

The Hidden Wealth Of Basic Religious Charities


Religious charities should not be able to hide their wealth- updated with comment from Andrew Leigh.

The Hidden Wealth Of Basic Religious Charities

This article traces the early years of the charities regulator as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office.

The Ipa's Long March Through The Bureaucracy


This article traces the early years of the charities regulator as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office.

The Ipa's Long March Through The Bureaucracy

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