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Charities Commission:
Call for independent charities commission
Kirsty Needham
The Age
September 13, 2010


LAST week a senate committee urged the new government to establish an independent charities commission that would apply a public benefit test.

The commission should be modelled on the charities commission in Britain, which ruled Scientology didn't qualify for tax-exempt status there.

The report also recommended that the federal Attorney-General should examine the monitoring of cults by the French agency Miviludes, the report said.

The committee report is a response to the private member's bill proposed by Senator Nick Xenophon to amend taxation laws for churches and other not-for-profit organisations. The inquiry took evidence on the operations of Scientology in Australia.

It calls for legislation to be changed to include a definition and test of ''public benefit'' for organisations seeking tax-free status.

The committee found there was an urgent need for reform of tax rules covering the sector, which Senator Xenophon said should happen before June next year.



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