Section 62(1) of the Constitution Act 1975 states:
A Bill for appropriating any part of the Consolidated Fund or for imposing any duty, rate, tax, rent, return or impost must originate in the Assembly.”
Despite denials by Ms Patten, the Charities Amendment Bill 2018 was a blatant attack on religious freedom and faith communities and sought to strip funding and tax exemptions from organisations with religious missions and values.
The Bill would strip public funding from Catholic and Independent schools and withdraw concessions such as land tax from any organisation with a religious mission.
Under the proposed legislation, any religious organisation would be disqualified as a charity if it supported a political candidate or promoted religious values.
If passed, the Charities Amendment Bill 2018 would have stripped funding from Catholic and Independent Schools, hospitals such as St. Vincent and St. John of God, and agencies that deliver vital community services potentially including soup kitchens, food banks, playgroups, markets and emergency assistance harms every community.
The Greens, Victorian Labor, and the Sex/Reason Party collaborate to restrict or undermine religious freedom by supporting policies such as Safe Schools, a left wing values indoctrination program, euthanasia, which has been strongly opposed by religious and multicultural organisations and removal of religious exemptions from the Victorian Equal Opportunities Act and The Charities Amendment Bill 2018.
Fiona Patten and her collaborators who are hostile to religion and religious freedom will find other ways of attacking religion and religious institutions.
The Matthew Guy Liberal/National Coalition opposed the Charities Amendment Bill 2018 and is the only major party committed to defending religious freedom.
Quotes Attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:
“Labor, Greens and the Sex Party are the greatest threat to religious freedom and the values of our faith and multicultural communities.”
"Those who oppose religious freedom are against democracy and against multiculturalism.
“I’d like thank religious leaders, academics and faith communities who stood together against this outrageous legislation which for now has been consigned to the dustbin.”
MEDIA CONTACT: INGA PEULICH (03) 9772 1366
(Attached: Advice from the Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, President of the Victorian Legislative Council)