No. Since the beginning of the Society, it has been understood that charity and advocacy for a more just society go together. In addition, the Society intends to oppose this Bill strongly. As the CEO of the National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has said previously, “an independent and vibrant community sector is essential to a healthy civil society – giving voice to those who fall through the cracks, holding governments to account, and providing impetus to social change.” This Bill, if passed into law, will not stop the Society from speaking out about social injustices; it will, however, make it more difficult for the Society to speak out, because of the necessity to spend time on meaningless administrative tasks.
We encourage you to speak to your local member of Parliament and let them know that you do not want the voices of charities to be muffled.