In 2017, the Australian Government introduced a package of Bills that it said would address foreign interference in Australian politics.
From the university sector, to charity groups, to free speech think tanks, to the journalists’ union, there is widespread concern about this package of bills. The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, for example, would require groups to register every time they undertake communications or lobbying activities on behalf of or with the knowledge of a ‘foreign principal’.
This Bill would have serious impacts on the work of groups like WWF-Australia, Pew Charitable Trusts and Oxfam Australia, who work with […]
Global Health Alliance Melbourne wishes to draw to the attention of the Committee what we believe to be the significant unintended consequences of the proposed Bills on the health promotion, international development and medical research activities of our member organisations.
These unintended effects result in part from the incompatibility of the self-registration regime of FITS with the requirements of many international charitable organisations which provide funding to our members (without directing our members’ activities).
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The Global Health Alliance Melbourne is proud to support and promote the partnerships principles that were developed by the Aboriginal Peak Organisation in the Northern Territory, which are designed to guide the development of a partnership-centred approach for non-Aboriginal organisations engaging in the delivery of services or development initiatives in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. These principles have Australia-wide relevance and application.
In Federal parliamentary hearings in Melbourne today, the Global Health Alliance – a partnership of organisations working in global health – warned that new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships and health promotion work.
Executive Director, Mischa Coleman, told the Committee that the health of Victorians could be put at risk. “Under this Bill, Australian scientists who get international philanthropic funds for their work may not be able to use those funds to tell the public about their findings,” Coleman said.
Speaking with Federal MPs, Coleman gave the example of an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria, […]
The following is a submission with respect to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) represents 28 Victorian-based organisations that work in global and indigenous health. We recognise the enormous support that the Federal Government has provided to the medical research sector in Australia, implementing a number of significant initiatives such as the Medical Research Future Fund and supporting the development of medical research and public health programs to improve the health of all Australians. We also understand the concerns the Government has in relation to international donations […]
From abc.net.au by Thomas Oriti, The World Today:
Australian charities and research organisations are calling for further clarity around the Federal Government’s crackdown on foreign interference, saying it could have a catastrophic impact on their work. Read the full story at the ABC.
Charities, NGOs and research groups are unhappy about the Federal Government’s proposed foreign donations crackdown. The Government says its new laws will help fight foreign espionage and interference. It wants to create a new offence that would make it illegal to covertly interfere with Australian politics on behalf of another country, coupled with a new register for foreign lobbyists, and a ban on political donations from overseas. Charities say they will be caught in the crossfire.
Read the full story at Research Centre.
Household-name charities receiving overseas funding would be prevented from advocating for social and environmental causes if their activity is deemed political, under a Turnbull government plan. The government on Tuesday announced a foreign influence and interference package to “strengthen our democracy and … ensure that decisions are made based on Australia’s national interest, not anyone else’s.” Read the full story at SMH.
A coalition of doctors and health experts from the Global Health Alliance are warning new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships that deliver positive health outcomes and save lives in developing countries.
Global Health Alliance Members are calling on all Federal MPs to put in place protections to ensure the legislation arising from the Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election: Foreign Donations does not inhibit the advancement of medicine.
Associate Professor Helen Evans, AO, an Alliance Board Member and a former Deputy CEO at the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, TB and […]
The Victorian International Health Economic Impact Study has now commenced and will comprise of two parallel and interconnected pieces of work that will map and quantify the global health sector in Melbourne:
- The Baseline International Health Economic Impact Study for Victoria
- Mapping the capacity and showcasing the expertise of the Alliance’s member organisations
The Department of Health and Human Services requires a robust analysis of the economic impacts of the international health (global health) activities taking place within the State of Victoria, to form the baseline for Victoria’s International Health Strategy, 2016-2020.
The State of […]
A detailed submission was lodged with the Australian Government in early June 2017, for their White Paper released on 10th November 2017. It outlines the benefits of investing in global health, and that the outcome is in Australia’s national interests.
Want a quick breakdown of returns made on investment in global health? Read our summary of the Alliance’s submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper.
Read the full submission from GLHAM which outlines how investing in global health is in Australia’s national interests.