While former Reserve Bank board
member Rob Gerard has an excellent reputation as a both a private and
corporate philanthropist, his reputation as a taxpayer took a nasty
blow last year.

Gerard is a personable bloke. But while you can
be selective on whether or not you practise philanthropy or how you
practise it, the law lays down requirements about tax.

Which raises questions about why, if you visit the homepage
of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, Gerard is still
up as a member? This is what the Partnership exists to do:

The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership is a
group of prominent Australians from the community and business sectors,
appointed by the Prime Minister to advise and assist the Government on
issues concerning individual and corporate social responsibility.

Note that “individual”. Should Gerard still be there? (And could they please update his CV – it’s a little embarrassing.)

Peter Fray

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