Once again, the Coalition Government is trying to cripple environment groups by stripping away their tax-deductibility status helped by none other than the fossil fuel front group, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). The argument is that eco-charities should not be political activists. But when the IPA spins the facts on climate change, tobacco or GMO foods, we, the taxpayers, subsidise the service through tax-deductions for IPA’s donors. Cam Walker reports.
WITHOUT COMMUNITY advocacy for the environment, the Franklin River would have been dammed, there would be no World Heritage Areas or national parks protecting our wild landscapes, and the Jabiluka uranium mine would have been built in the heart of Kakadu. These – and hundreds of other wins for the environment – happened because enough people and organisations were prepared to get active in sustained campaigning. Just as good working conditions and public holidays were not gifts from benevolent employers, rather …
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