Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Canned charities review another Government U-turn


Canned charities review another Government U-turn

The Government’s about face on a long-promised review of the Charities Act is nothing more than a sop to commercial sector interest groups, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector spokesperson Louisa Wall says.

“Jo Goodhew knows there is a widely-recognised problem with the definition of charity in the Charities Act.

“She also knows that at the moment big commercial enterprises are able to channel tax benefits into private hands, while small community-based groups, working at grass-roots level, are being refused registration.

“It’s appalling of the Government to treat the Community and Voluntary sector in such a disrespectful manner, especially after the Minister said at the Second Reading of the Crown Entities Reform Bill: ‘I know from first-hand experience how vital the charitable and non-profit sector is, the challenges that it faces, and the benefits it produces for New Zealanders.’

“If Ms Goodhew truly believed that, then she would be proceeding with the review, not canning it.

“This is a bad decision made by an arrogant Government that doesn’t care how it will impact on the 93,000 community and voluntary sector organisations and 25,000 registered charities in New Zealand.

“And it shows, yet again, that this Government is willing to ignore the concerns and advice of the people at the coalface.

“Ms Goodhew needs to listen to her stakeholders. She should rethink her decision before she loses the complete confidence of the sector,” Louisa Wall said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news