Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has overstepped his authority by asking the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to consider revoking the charity status of the consumer education group Aussie Farms.
If the actions of the group are a contravention of relevant charity legislation, their actions should be reviewed.
If the Minister is asking for a review because he doesn’t like what they have published, it might be time for him to have a refresher on what free speech and democracy are all about.
After all, he did recently say that Australia is a free country.
While the Australian Vegan Party does not condone or support the actions of this consumer education group, not liking what they do isn’t a valid reason for censoring them.
The more the Minister talks about this group the more air time he is giving to them, and the more stress he is going to cause the farmers.
If the Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, genuinely believes that this group have their facts wrong, then prove it.
Don’t grandstand about it from the safety of a supportive media’s echo chamber.
David Littleproud also needs to remember that he is the Minister for Agriculture, not the meat industry. And that his “eating grass” comment ignores the other industries he represents that vegans are consumers of.
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