Political change – Jury Team http://juryteam.org/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 19:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://juryteam.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-10-120x120.png Political change – Jury Team http://juryteam.org/ 32 32 Khalilzad accuses corruption of Afghan elites of stalled political change https://juryteam.org/khalilzad-accuses-corruption-of-afghan-elites-of-stalled-political-change/ https://juryteam.org/khalilzad-accuses-corruption-of-afghan-elites-of-stalled-political-change/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 11:06:08 +0000 https://juryteam.org/khalilzad-accuses-corruption-of-afghan-elites-of-stalled-political-change/ Former United States Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad called corruption of Afghan elites the cause of the failure of political transformation in the country and claimed that the United States had succeeded in transforming education and infrastructure in Afghanistan. Khalilzad accused the elites of being selfish and corrupt and said the country […]]]>

Former United States Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad called corruption of Afghan elites the cause of the failure of political transformation in the country and claimed that the United States had succeeded in transforming education and infrastructure in Afghanistan. Khalilzad accused the elites of being selfish and corrupt and said the country had lost the “golden” opportunity, TOLOnews reported citing an interview with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“We did not transform politics to have an enlightened national interest focused on the elites serving their people. They became very selfish, self-centered, corrupt and failed in this mission,” Khalilzad said, quoted by TOLOnews. Khalilzad further said that Afghan society has seen a transformation in terms of education and dismantling terrorism and claimed that the United States has succeeded in doing so.

“The elites we worked with failed to live up to the opportunity, this golden opportunity that the American engagement offered. In terms of dismantling terrorism, transforming Afghan society and terms of education, “said the former envoy, quoted by the news channel. Khalilzad added that the Biden administration had been driven to pessimism about a political settlement in Afghanistan due to President Ashraf Ghani’s insistence on remaining in power, which ultimately did not allow the United States to have a conditional withdrawal instead of a time-based withdrawal, according to TOLOnews. .

“We were all surprised by the intransigence, frankly, of President Ghani who insisted on staying in power until the end of his term despite being re-elected in a fraudulent election in which very few Afghans participated, “Khalilzad said, quoted by TOLOnews. Khalilzad further attributed the reason for the disbelief of the people in the system and the unwillingness of the soldiers to risk their lives, to corruption among the Afghan elites.

“The performance of the Afghan security forces, I think, was another surprise. I think very few people would have predicted that this force of 300,000 against a force of 60,000 to 70,000, with all the equipment and having American military support, would disintegrate and not fight, “a- he added. (ANI)

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Khalilzad blames corruption of Afghan elites for stalled political change https://juryteam.org/khalilzad-blames-corruption-of-afghan-elites-for-stalled-political-change/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://juryteam.org/khalilzad-blames-corruption-of-afghan-elites-for-stalled-political-change/ ANI | Update: 29 October 2021 16:30 STI Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 29 (ANI): Former US Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad called the corruption of Afghan elites the cause of the failure of political transformation in the country and asserted that United States had succeeded in transforming education and infrastructure in Afghanistan. Khalilzad […]]]>



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Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 29 (ANI): Former US Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad called the corruption of Afghan elites the cause of the failure of political transformation in the country and asserted that United States had succeeded in transforming education and infrastructure in Afghanistan.
Khalilzad accused the elites of being selfish and corrupt and said the country had lost the “golden” opportunity, TOLOnews reported citing an interview with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“We did not transform politics to have an enlightened national interest focused on the elites serving their people. They became very selfish, self-centered, corrupt and failed in this mission,” Khalilzad said, quoted by TOLOnews.
Khalilzad added that Afghan society has seen a transformation in terms of education and dismantling terrorism and claimed that the United States has succeeded in doing so.

“The elites we worked with did not live up to the opportunity, this golden opportunity, that the American engagement offered. in terms of dismantling terrorism, transforming Afghan society and education, “said the former envoy, quoted by the news channel.
Khalilzad added that the Biden administration had been driven to pessimism about a political settlement in Afghanistan due to President Ashraf Ghani’s insistence on remaining in power, which ultimately did not allow the United States to have a conditional withdrawal instead of a time-based withdrawal, according to TOLOnews. .
“We were all surprised by the intransigence, frankly, of President Ghani who insisted on staying in power until the end of his term despite being re-elected in a fraudulent election in which very few Afghans participated, “Khalilzad said, quoted by TOLOnews.
Khalilzad further attributed the reason for the disbelief of the people in the system and the unwillingness of the soldiers to risk their lives, to corruption among the Afghan elites.
“The performance of the Afghan security forces, I think, was another surprise. I think that very few people would have expected that this force of 300,000 against a force of 60,000 to 70,000, with all the equipment and having the American military support, would disintegrate and not fight ”, a- he added. (ANI)


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General election in Japan offers rare chance for political change – The Diplomat https://juryteam.org/general-election-in-japan-offers-rare-chance-for-political-change-the-diplomat/ https://juryteam.org/general-election-in-japan-offers-rare-chance-for-political-change-the-diplomat/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:34:57 +0000 https://juryteam.org/general-election-in-japan-offers-rare-chance-for-political-change-the-diplomat/ Advertising Japan will head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether new Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will retain a majority in the House of Representatives. The general elections, which take place every four years, are considered the most difficult test for the PLD in nearly a decade, with […]]]>

Japan will head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether new Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will retain a majority in the House of Representatives.

The general elections, which take place every four years, are considered the most difficult test for the PLD in nearly a decade, with Japan’s largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP), forming a alliance with the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) in an effort to overthrow the ruling coalition.

The LDP faces stiff competition, with five opposition parties fielding a single candidate in some 132 constituencies. This turned nearly half of the single-member districts into a one-on-one battle between the ruling LDP-Komeito coalition and the opposition.

As the campaign draws to a close, the latest poll predicts the PLD will win a simple majority of 236 out of 465 seats, with coalition partner Komeito retaining their 29 seats. The LDP currently holds 274 seats. Meanwhile, the opposition is expected to make substantial gains from its current number of seats – 110 for the CDP and 12 for the JCP – thanks to the coordination of candidates from the opposition parties.

In the previous lower house elections in 2017, the ruling PLD and the opposition fought head-to-head in just 57 constituencies. This was due to the split from the largest opposition party of the time, the Democratic Party, with some forming today’s CDP and others joining the Hope Party of Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko. This division would have helped the PLD win amid a chaotic number of opposition candidates.

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Kishida only came to power last month after winning the LDP presidential election, but his party has been in power since 2012. Kishida, who has been called the “status quo candidate,” won the race for the election. leadership of the PLD last month by sticking to secure policies that have won favor with the conservative political elite within the PLD. But at the same time, Kishida also pledged to reform the PLD to “regain public trust,” citing mistrust of politics as one of the main factors behind low voter turnout.

Japan has a serious problem with voter turnout. In the 2017 lower house elections, barely half of the population voted. Japan ranks 139th out of 196 countries in terms of voter turnout, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, which highlights a worrying pattern of political indifference. Since the legal voting age was lowered from 20 to 18 in 2016, the low turnout among young people has become even more prominent, with 41% of young people responding in a investigation conducted by Minami-Nihon Shimbun that they “will not vote” or “probably will not vote” due to “not updating their registration card address”.

In Japan, political factions and hereditary politics run deep into the political landscape. Kishida is a third generation lawmaker born into a prominent political family in Hiroshima. He was Foreign Minister and LDP Policy Chief under former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The CDP has stepped up its criticism, calling the Kishida administration a “puppet” who will run the government in the shadow of Abe and former finance minister and deputy prime minister Aso Taro. CDP chief Edano Yukio told the lower house during question time that “nothing will change if you only change the cover”.

A major point of contention in this election is how voters will choose to rebuild Japan’s damaged economy in a post-coronavirus world. The election has been dubbed “the election to choose the future” and the ruling party would focus on growth while the opposition would focus on redistribution.

The LDP has pledged economic measures worth “tens of billions of yen” to support the business community, non-regular workers and households with children. Electronic proof of vaccination will also be developed to help stimulate demand. On the other hand, the CDP called for the preparation of a supplementary budget of over 30 trillion yen, which includes cash distribution of up to 120,000 yen to low-income households, a temporary reduction in the rate of the consumption tax of 8% to 5% and a temporary exemption from income tax for low-income people. However, the two sides did not specify the financial resources that would underpin these economic policies, highlighting a dependence on debt and the risk of higher taxes in the future.

The lower house has 465 seats up for grabs, in which 289 lawmakers are elected from single-member constituencies. The 176 others are elected by proportional representation. There are 1,051 candidates in 14 different political parties running in both single-member constituencies and in the proportional representation system.


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Elite “egoism” hindered Afghan political change: Khalilzad https://juryteam.org/elite-egoism-hindered-afghan-political-change-khalilzad/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:23:38 +0000 https://juryteam.org/elite-egoism-hindered-afghan-political-change-khalilzad/ Former US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the selfishness of the Afghan elites had led to the failure of political transformation. Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Khalilzad said the corruption and selfishness of Afghan elites have kept Afghanistan from transforming itself politically, despite the “golden” opportunity offered. “We […]]]>

Former US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the selfishness of the Afghan elites had led to the failure of political transformation.

Speaking to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Khalilzad said the corruption and selfishness of Afghan elites have kept Afghanistan from transforming itself politically, despite the “golden” opportunity offered.

“We did not transform politics to have an enlightened national interest focused on the elites serving their people. They have become very selfish, egocentric, corrupt and have failed in this mission, ”he said.

Khalilzad, however, said the United States has succeeded in transforming Afghan society in terms of education and building infrastructure. “The elites we worked with did not live up to the opportunity, this golden opportunity that the American engagement offered. State and nation building, institution building that we have supported overwhelmingly have not succeeded in the same way that we have succeeded in dismantling terrorism, transforming Afghan society and in terms of education.

According to Khalilzad, the United States has been disappointed by President Ashraf Ghani’s insistence on remaining in power, which has led to the pessimism of President Joe Biden’s administration over a political settlement in Afghanistan. He said pessimism led to pursuing a time-based withdrawal rather than a condition-based withdrawal.

“We were all surprised by the intransigence, frankly, of President Ghani who insisted on staying in power until the end of his term despite being re-elected in a fraudulent election in which very few Afghans participated, ”Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad said corruption among Afghan elites has also caused the people not to believe in the system and the soldiers not to risk their lives. “The performance of the Afghan security forces, I think, was another surprise. I think very few people would have predicted that this force of 300,000 against a force of 60,000 to 70,000, with all the equipment and having American military support, would disintegrate and not fight, ”he said. -he declares.

Khalilzad also said the Islamic Emirate wanted normalized relations with the United States and American economic assistance. He said the normalization of relations needs the Islamic Emirate to fulfill its commitments. “We need to sit down with them to agree on a roadmap that takes into account the problem of our distrust of one another and therefore the behavior we expect to have over a period of time.”


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Chaos, confusion will reign without constitutional and political change https://juryteam.org/chaos-confusion-will-reign-without-constitutional-and-political-change/ https://juryteam.org/chaos-confusion-will-reign-without-constitutional-and-political-change/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:07:30 +0000 https://juryteam.org/chaos-confusion-will-reign-without-constitutional-and-political-change/ New Yvonne webb 2 hours ago Basdeo Panday – FORMER Prime Minister Basdeo Panday said that, barring political and constitutional changes, the chaotic situation that arose in Parliament during the president’s impeachment motion on Thursday would be repeated. Panday described the mess that arose when the Electoral College met to decide the fate of President […]]]>

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FORMER Prime Minister Basdeo Panday said that, barring political and constitutional changes, the chaotic situation that arose in Parliament during the president’s impeachment motion on Thursday would be repeated.

Panday described the mess that arose when the Electoral College met to decide the fate of President Paula-Mae Weekes as a reflection of the chaos in the country.

“It’s no different. There would always be chaos unless we could change our political system and hopefully do so peacefully. “

Panday observed that people around the world desperate for peaceful change often resort to violence to bring about desired changes and warned against such resistance.

“I pray to God that this is not necessarily the case in TT,” Panday said, commenting on the defeat of a motion by opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar under Article 36 of the Constitution for impeach the president on the circumstances surrounding the appointment of a substantive police commissioner (CoP).

The motion was defeated with 24 and 47 votes against.

Panday said the confusion that has arisen in public over the interpretation of the clauses of the Constitution under which the motion was made and President Bridgid Anisette-George’s ruling, proves the point he has been making for 20 years. years and older.

“That is, we keep blaming people when the real problem is the system of government. As long as we maintain this system of government, we will continue to focus on the wrong thing – namely people.

“People behave the way they behave because of the current political system. Unless we change it, they will continue to behave like this.

Panday, who is no longer involved in active politics, observed: “What we continue to do is look for someone to blame.”

He asked, “Do we blame the President, do we blame the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the President?” Who do we blame?

He said the difference of opinion on whether there should be a debate on the motion as presented by the opposition or simply a vote as approved by the government is a moot point in this circumstance. .

“Anyway, tell me something, if they (the opposition) had spoken and if there was a vote, don’t we already know the result. Then I come back to my original point – a constitutional change. “

“The problem is that they are operating under a Constitution and a political system that does not quite suit us. And no matter who we have there, we’ll continue to be in the mess we’re in. “

He said, “Unless we change the political system, we will keep repeating this kind of waste of our energy. “

When asked what he could do, besides using his voice, to make the changes required at this point in the nation’s history, Panday recalled that it was Parliament’s mandate.

“The Constitution and the political system can only be changed by Parliament and none of the parties in Parliament wants to change.

“I will continue to call and call on those responsible – the government and the opposition – to bring about a change in the Constitution and the political system. They should not be the perpetrators of the destruction of TT.


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Will economic stress and hunger lead to political change? https://juryteam.org/will-economic-stress-and-hunger-lead-to-political-change/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://juryteam.org/will-economic-stress-and-hunger-lead-to-political-change/ Even though the buzz is that the Indian economy is on the road to recovery, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that many middle-class Indian families are selling gold to stay afloat. Jewelers in Mumbai told AFP that the majority were women selling their personal jewelry – bracelets, rings, necklaces and gold earrings. One of them […]]]>

Even though the buzz is that the Indian economy is on the road to recovery, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that many middle-class Indian families are selling gold to stay afloat. Jewelers in Mumbai told AFP that the majority were women selling their personal jewelry – bracelets, rings, necklaces and gold earrings.

One of them said: “You start to cry when she takes the ‘mangalsutra’ off her neck and says, ‘Give me money for this’. This is the worst case scenario. Mannapuram, an active player in the gold lending segment, has awarded a …

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To achieve real political change, populism is necessary https://juryteam.org/to-achieve-real-political-change-populism-is-necessary/ https://juryteam.org/to-achieve-real-political-change-populism-is-necessary/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 07:35:41 +0000 https://juryteam.org/to-achieve-real-political-change-populism-is-necessary/ As politicians and activists of the populist left modeled themselves on the work of Laclau and Mouffe, they tended to avoid the need to multiply, create, nurture, deepen and disseminate organizations, frameworks and institutions. What was the terrain of the official socialist and communist parties during the Cold War is now the terrain of professionalized […]]]>

As politicians and activists of the populist left modeled themselves on the work of Laclau and Mouffe, they tended to avoid the need to multiply, create, nurture, deepen and disseminate organizations, frameworks and institutions. What was the terrain of the official socialist and communist parties during the Cold War is now the terrain of professionalized social movements, especially with socialists in Europe who are no longer on the left and with marginalized communists.

Missing story

Populism today lacks a narrative capable of building bridges between the people and the goal of lasting social transformation. Populist leaders must galvanize the people. But only organized “subordinate” actors – marginalized social groups critical of today’s capitalist system – can form the basis of an alternative power base.

The divisions entrenched within the left can no longer be justified. Professionalism, organizational tact, flexibility and agility must be combined with emotions and mass appeal. Defying established binary divisions, cosmopolitanism and pragmatism must go hand in hand with a romanticization of the homeland and an integration of popular culture in transformative politics.

Populism merged with cosmopolitanism, would be “at home everywhere”, but would not be “free from … local, provincial or national ideas … and attachments”, inevitably transforming the dictionary meaning of this term for purposes. revolutionary. Politics.

We must now overcome Laclau’s sterile attack on the communist militant. Left-wing non-revolutionary populisms (like those of Podemos and Syriza) and revolutionary populisms (like that of the Revolutionary Way) had a common pitfall: the underestimation of a theoretical analysis of the world capitalist system and of a strategy to long term. adequate for this analysis.

The ridicule of communist militants (caricatured by Laclau), who spit out memorized phrases about Marxism-Leninism without any appreciation for the social formation they seek to change, only conceals the need to train cadres with an understanding. base of the complex. mechanisms of capitalism and imperialist domination. This can only be learned and appreciated in the context of concrete struggles, that is, neither through party-imposed indoctrination nor through seminars in academia, although a flexible form of the two could facilitate the process.

For most of the twentieth century, cadre training had come to mean inculcating a Marxist-Leninist ideology devoid of “impurities” – according to Laclau, the Communist militant only took class contradictions seriously, and just ignored or manipulated other guys. of contradictions.

If the intellectualism which glorifies analytical understanding at the expense of strategy, organization, coalition building, tactics and emotions is fatally empty, the emotional appeals and mobilizations of the people without a structural analysis of capitalism world and imperialism are hopelessly blind.

Without a holistic conception of global capitalism, we cannot assess where Syriza and Podemos have failed as hegemonic alternatives. Their reluctance to design concrete programs, based on concrete analyzes of the strategies, organizations and institutions of their national and global enemies, was as important as the inattention of these parties to the exact dynamics of world capitalism.

This does not mean that Syriza and Podemos have not made progress in any of these areas. Many elements of Syriza are indeed drawn from communist traditions, including former cadres in its ranks. Syriza has certainly inherited some of their strategic legacies and experiences. Yet one should ask whether the truly existing left-wing populism has diverted them from the central task of updating and developing Leninism for the 21st century.

The main theoretical references of Syriza and Podemos did not offer them a complete and coherent framework to transform their advances (for example during the elections) into organizational successes. These issues were of even greater concern in the Spanish case.

The missing subject

The other missing piece in revolutionary and non-revolutionary populism is the subject. The people cannot be the guiding subject for a lasting social transformation, and cannot prevent capitalism from functioning or from building an economic system that goes beyond capitalism without this crucial layer of subordinate organized actors who can form the basis of ‘an alternative power base, while at the same time acting as a brake against the power-usurping tendencies of populist leaders. These actors – the subject – can keep a resilient grassroots movement on the path to societal transformation.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the organizational innovations of the proletariat laid the foundations for an alternative power structure. Before 1917, radical ascendant power formations (such as the Paris Commune) had no populist dimension.

The Soviets established democratic councils of workers, peasants and soldiers as early as 1905 but did not achieve hegemonic capacity until 1917. Bolshevik leaders such as Grigory Zinoviev used populist speech to disseminate their ideas, but their ability to achieve hegemonic capacity and bring about change was mainly due to structural factors. Above all, unlike the Commune, they rose on the shoulders of peasants, workers, but also soldiers (mainly peasants who interacted daily with Marxist workers throughout the First World War and during the formation of the Soviets in wartime).

In contrast, autonomous formations such as democratic councils led by the Soviets were not at the heart of leftist governments in Latin America. The workers ‘and peasants’ organizations were subordinate to the populist logic imposed by the rulers, when the reverse should have been the case – with the people as the driving force giving direction to their leadership.

Autonomist criticism

My objection in no way supports the Puritan autonomist critique of those governments that have developed in Latin America. Autonomists have rightly pointed out that the self-organization of subordinate groups is the basis of social change; and also that populist politics risked both going too deeply into electoral calculations and concessions, and the formation of cults of leaders.


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The business sector is not afraid to create political change https://juryteam.org/the-business-sector-is-not-afraid-to-create-political-change/ https://juryteam.org/the-business-sector-is-not-afraid-to-create-political-change/#respond Fri, 01 Oct 2021 00:07:20 +0000 https://juryteam.org/the-business-sector-is-not-afraid-to-create-political-change/ This opinion piece was submitted by RGJ columnist Sheila Leslie, who served in the Nevada Legislature from 1998 to 2012. One of the results of the growing polarization of the electorate has been the willingness on both sides to use their economic power to boycott – or in modern parlance, “cancel” – the people or […]]]>

This opinion piece was submitted by RGJ columnist Sheila Leslie, who served in the Nevada Legislature from 1998 to 2012.

One of the results of the growing polarization of the electorate has been the willingness on both sides to use their economic power to boycott – or in modern parlance, “cancel” – the people or businesses they perceive to be working. against their personal and collective political interests. Lately, the phenomenon has spread to the business community, as many companies are ready to challenge political actions that do not match their values.

Texas’ new anti-abortion law is a prime example. The law prohibits abortion after a heartbeat can be detected for any reason except a medical emergency, effectively banning abortions after six weeks, a period during which many women fail to realize. not even that they are pregnant. The law makes no exceptions for pregnancies caused by incest or rape. It also encourages people to sue anyone who has an abortion or helps someone else get one by offering a premium of up to $ 10,000 per abortion.


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British voters are a gullible crowd, so real political change is out of the question https://juryteam.org/british-voters-are-a-gullible-crowd-so-real-political-change-is-out-of-the-question/ https://juryteam.org/british-voters-are-a-gullible-crowd-so-real-political-change-is-out-of-the-question/#respond Thu, 30 Sep 2021 08:44:00 +0000 https://juryteam.org/british-voters-are-a-gullible-crowd-so-real-political-change-is-out-of-the-question/ Alex Bell: UK voters are a gullible crowd, so real political change is irrelevant Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. to cancel An icon depicting a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret A block arrow icon pointing right. E-mail An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook A Facebook “f” brand icon. Google An […]]]>




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Tim Costello welcomes move to allow charities to lobby for political change | Charities https://juryteam.org/tim-costello-welcomes-move-to-allow-charities-to-lobby-for-political-change-charities/ Sun, 26 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://juryteam.org/tim-costello-welcomes-move-to-allow-charities-to-lobby-for-political-change-charities/ A court ruling that found benevolent institutions are allowed to advocate for political change will free charities to “always look over their shoulders,” Reverend Tim Costello said. Earlier this month, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) delivered a landmark ruling in the Global Citizen case, a global charity that was initially denied public charitable status in […]]]>

A court ruling that found benevolent institutions are allowed to advocate for political change will free charities to “always look over their shoulders,” Reverend Tim Costello said.

Earlier this month, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) delivered a landmark ruling in the Global Citizen case, a global charity that was initially denied public charitable status in Australia in because of his political advocacy.

The charities regulator had taken the position that charities that try to lobby politically or advocate with governments for change should not be granted charitable status, which helps organizations to securing essential tax-deductible donations and grants from ancillary funds.

But the AAT found that the decision to deny Global Citizen – a highly successful New York-based international education and advocacy group – the crucial status of PBI was flawed and that such organizations were engaged in the political process by as a “regular and indispensable part of their work”.

The decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the charitable sector. This will likely encourage charities to directly pursue political change without fear that their benevolent status – and the benefits associated with fundraising – will be threatened.

The move came at a time when the industry feels increasingly targeted by the Morrison government. Last month, the industry united in protesting new laws that allow charities to be deregistered if their staff commit even the most minor of offenses, even if no charges are laid.

Costello, chairman of the Community Council for Australia and former chief executive of World Vision Australia, said the AAT decision would bring Australia into line with agreements in other Western countries.

“Charities have always understood that they are really about two things: practical love and change,” he said.

“Advocacy is fundamental for change and this decision which recognizes that this is part of what PBIs do is really in line with what is happening in other free democracies in the West.

“I think it frees charities to always look over their shoulders and be anxious. We can be honest about our mission with our donors.

Costello, who backed Global Citizen’s bid, also led the fight against regulations that expand the types of offenses that can cause the charity regulator to deregister an organization.

The regulations allow the Australian Charities and Nonprofit Commission (ACNC) to investigate charities if they encourage or engage in trespassing, threatening behavior, vandalism, theft or assault .

An alliance of dozens of charities, called Hands Off Our Charities, say the regulations will allow delisting if a staff member blocks a trail during a vigil, for example, or refuses to leave a deputy’s office.

The group says the charities regulator would be able to launch an investigation if it believed such an offense might have been committed, whether or not charges were laid.

Speaking last month, Angliare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers said the rules were designed to prevent charities from speaking out.

“They are not just an attack on charities,” she said. “They are an attack on democracy. We ask the Senate to reject these changes – and we ask the Morrison government to end these attacks for good. “

The ACNC said it was reviewing the court’s decision on Global Citizen.

“ACNC welcomes decisions that help clarify the law regarding eligibility for registration as a public charitable institution. We are currently reviewing the implications of the decision. “


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