Sarah Martin - The Australian
Scott Morrison has shelved his predecessor’s plan to scrap the Australian Charities Commission, effectively dumping the election pledge in response to concerns from the not-for-profit sector.
The Social Services Minister will instead keep a “watching brief” on the commission, which former minister Kevin Andrews had argued needed to be dumped as a priority.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said yesterday that while abolishing the commission remained Coalition policy, Mr Morrison had taken a different view since taking on the portfolio.
“The commitment still stands, but it is not a priority for us to proceed with it at this time,” Mr Frydenberg said. “Scott Morrison is continuing to look at this issue.”
In December, Mr Andrews said the government wanted to scrap the commission “to remove the regulatory impost on the sector as soon as possible, to ensure that organisations are not reporting unnecessarily”.
He argued that doing so fulfilled a “clear commitment” made by the Coalition in the lead-up to the 2013 election.