This Bill is about fairness and tackling unjust privilege in Australian society. Tax exempt status for charitable work reflects the integral and selfless role it plays in our communities. While genuinely charitable activities by religious institutions deserve the same status, this must not extend to their other activities – that is, their many assets and for-profit enterprises ranking in the tens of billions of dollars in Australia alone. The “advancement of religion” is simply not a charitable enterprise, and the law must reflect this in 2018.

The Rationalists Society 2018