AUSTRALIA”S Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has stripped Aussie Farms of its charitable status, saying there is no room for political activists and organisations condoning criminal activities to masquerade as charities.
Aussie Farms runs a website listing the private details of thousands of Australian farming families and encouraging activists to take part in farm invasions.
Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud has welcomed the decision, which follows moves by the Federal Government to launch an investigation into the group last year.
“This is a win for common sense,” Minister Littleproud said.
“As Agriculture Minister I wrote to the Charities Commissioner asking him to review Aussie Farms charitable status. Today he acted.
“I also worked with the Attorney-General to bring Aussie Farms under the Privacy Act with a maximum penalty of $2.1 million for breaching the act.
“Charities do not invade people’s privacy and encourage illegal behaviour.
“Our farmers deserve respect for putting the best food in the world on our dinner tables.
“These activists put farming families at risk by encouraging large-scale trespass.
“No one wants 50 strangers invading their backyard where their kids play.
“Aussie Farms will lose charity tax benefits after being exposed for what they are – militant activists.
“It’s time Aussie Farms came to their senses and took their attack map down.
“We will always stand behind our farmers and farming families who have done nothing wrong.”