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Not-for-profits free to comment on Federal Government policy

21 June 2013

A new Commonwealth act now gives not-for-profit (NFP) entities the freedom to publicly advocate or oppose government policy changes.

The Not-for-profit Sector Freedom to Advocate Act 2013 prohibits previously existing provisions in Commonwealth agreements  that imposed "gag clauses" on NFP organisations. The new legislation now brings Australia into alignment with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which states that "...Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice."

These legislative measures apply retrospectively to all Commonwealth agreements with the Act coming into effect on 13 June 2013.

For more information contact:

Pat Mullins | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0350
f +61 7 3224 0333
pmullins@mullinslaw.com.au

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