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

 


Community sector falls victim to economic mismanagement

16 November 2012


Community sector falls victim to Govt’s economic mismanagement

The postponement of the Government’s review of the definition of charitable purpose in the Charities Act is yet another blow to the community and voluntary sector, the Green Party said today.

This is a reversal of a 2010 Cabinet decision to begin a review in 2013, to be completed in 2015.

“The community sector is being forced to suffer because of the Government’s economic mismanagement,” said Green Party community and voluntary sector spokesperson Denise Roche.

“The Government has postponed the review of the Charities Act as they say an increase in the number of registered charities might lessen their tax revenue, however it is likely that the review would weed out some significant commercial enterprises that are currently registered as charities and channel tax benefits into private hands.

“By postponing the Charities Act review, the Government is ignoring the vital role the community sector plays in the lives of people across New Zealand.

“I have a Member’s Bill drafted that would amend the Charities Act to allow organisations who advocate for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education or religion, or any other matter beneficial to the community, as one of their key roles, to be registered as charitable organisations.

“I look forward to discussions with the community and voluntary sector about my Member’s Bill to see how we can assist their crucial work helping communities and individuals across New Zealand.

“Unlike the Green Party, the Government clearly has no interest in working constructively with the community and voluntary sector.”

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news