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Bill Shorten, opposition leader says, he will not support “anything that punishes the charity and not-for-profit sector”. Shorten said,

“Charities and not-for-profits need donations to fund their issues-based advocacy work and should be able to participate in the policy-making process without being treated as if they have a political intent,”

The report has been welcomed by the charity sector but there still remains a lack of clarity in the legislation.

The CEO of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell said, the legislation was still “flawed to its core”.

The charity sector has called for the bill to be redrafted.