Impact of new foreign donations legislation
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, […]
Sunday Times, Perth
Misha Coleman discusses the findings by Scientists researching flesh-eating bacteria and the risk it places on Australians in light of the Government’s proposed crackdown on foreign donations.
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 […]