Aussie Farm group stripped of charity status
THE group responsible for revealing private details of thousands of Australian farming families has been stripped of its charitable status.
Aussie Farms runs a website listing these details while encouraging activists to take part in farm invasions.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomed the decision made by the Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
“This is a win for commonsense,” Mr Littleproud said.
The Agriculture Minister had written to the Charities Commissioner, asking him to review the Aussie Farms’ charitable status.
“Charities do not invade people’s privacy and encourage illegal behaviour,” Mr Littleproud said.
He worked with the Attorney-General to bring the Aussie Farms under the Privacy Act, with a maximum penalty of $2.1 million for breaching the Act.
“Our farmers deserve respect for putting the best food in the world on our dinner tables,” he said.
“These activists put farming families at risk by encouraging large-scale trespass.
“No one wants 50 strangers invading their backyard where their kids play.”
The MP said Aussie Farms would lose charity tax benefits.
“It’s time for Aussie Farms came to their senses and take their attack map down,” he said.
“We will always stand behind our farmers and farming families who have done nothing wrong.”
At the time of the map’s initial release, there were more than 110 South Burnett farms identified on it.
This included details of more than 70 South Burnett piggeries, 23 dairy farms, 11 cattle farms and a fish farm.