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May 17, 2016

Asking foxes what they think of henhouse security

The Minerals Council of Australia, shockingly, wants to hamstring environmental groups.

The World’s Best Minister, Greg Hunt, wants to take away the tax-deductible charity status for any environmental organisation that doesn’t spend 25% of fundraising on planting trees or “land repair”. Organisations such as Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the Australian Conservation Society and the Wilderness Society are under threat.

The Australian, of course, decided to ask the Minerals Council what it thought:

“But Minerals Council of Australia chief Brendan Pearson said the report ‘provides substantial evidence that a minority of groups are misusing tax-deductible donations to fund or carry out activities that are unlawful, unsafe or politically partisan’.”

Pearson was previously vice-president of government relations and corporate affairs at Peabody Energy, which has been rated extremely high on both financial management and transparency by an independent regulator. Oh wait no, that is GreenpeacePeabody filed for bankruptcy last month. The CEO of the Minerals Council is Andrew Michelmore, who came to the MCA from Oz Minerals, which turned around an overall loss in 2008 to a significant surplus in 2014. Pardon, we got that wrong — that was the Wilderness Society; Oz Minerals’ share price has dropped 60% in the past five years.

Before slamming other organisations for not fulfilling their remit, maybe the MCA should look in its own backyard …?

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7 thoughts on “Asking foxes what they think of henhouse security

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    Yeah, nice! 🙂

    You would think that people who are so desperately trying to turn around their ship of fools might sit quietly hoping no-one will notice them. I imagine they all pulled in big bucks while their respective companies went downhill/sank without trace.

    Do as I say, not as I do!

  2. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Spare a thought for the vast majority of clubs and societies on the Register of Environmental Organisations that are eligible for tax-deductible status because they already spend a significant portion of their funds on ‘on-ground works – they will now cop the administrative brunt of this politically charged argy bargy. What will happen to them? Well, instead of the List being administered by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, they will all be handed over to the ATO. This will almost certainly mean a new, complicated, possibly expensive (for a grassroots charity) reporting mechanism. What a hassle.

  3. zut alors

    Hunt continues to raise the bar on stupidity & ineptitude.

  4. Mike Smith

    @Zut, do we say raise or lower the bar?

  5. klewso

    “Greg Hunt” – what a wasted opportunity?

  6. AR

    Hey gHunt, how about preemptive ‘land repair’, tell Adani to piss off?
    In respect of other matters, how odd that those who clamour for capialism red in tooth & claw are so often utter failures by their own, ludicrous, standards – Henry Ergas, the Drumpf anyone?

  7. The Old Bill

    At least I now understand how this direct action idea cuts Australia’s emissions without costing us taxpayers anything. The environmental groups are going to do it for free.
    Hopefully Sea Shepherd will be allowed to plant their trees in Antarctica and the southern Islands so that they can still be a thorn in the side of Japanese whalers.

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