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EXTENSION OF CHARITABLE PURPOSE BILL 2004

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Special Minister of State (Senator Abetz)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Cherry moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate:

  (a) notes that the draft Charities Bill was proposed by the Treasurer to implement a statutory definition of a charity and was a key response by the Government to the report of the inquiry into the definition of charities and related organisations;

  (b) condemns the Government for the decision not to proceed with the draft Charities Bill;

  (c) considers that continued reliance on 400 year old common law concepts will continue to cause confusion and uncertainty within the charities and not-for-profit sector; and

  (d) calls on the Government to legislate the definition of a charity and a benevolent charity as proposed by the report of the inquiry into the definition of charities and related organisations".

Debate ensued.

Document: The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer (Senator Coonan) tabled the following document:

 Extension of Charitable Purpose Bill 2004—Australian Taxation Office—Income tax guide for non-profit organisations: An income tax guide for non-profit organisations including charities, clubs, societies and associations current at May 2003.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.


Senator Sherry moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate notes with concern that the Government has failed to adequately fund long day care and consequently relieve the financial pressure on community based child care centres, creating a poor substitute to proper funding, by offering limited charity status as an alternative".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

On the motion of Senator Sherry the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

 Clause 4, page 2 (line 9), after "child care", insert "and playgroup".

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with an amendment.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator McLucas) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Coonan the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.