INDEPENDENT NEWS

Charities Commission should examine political student unions

Published: Fri 3 Jun 2011 09:55 AM
Charities Commission should examine political student unions
Media release: Student Choice, 2 June 2011
Following the recent deregistration of Greenpeace, the Charities Commission should review the charitable status of various political compulsory student unions.
Compulsory student unions with charitable status include the Victoria University Students Association, the Otago University Students Association, the Waikato Students Union, the Massey University Students Association, and the Massey at Wellington Students Association.
Greenpeace was deregistered because of its political activities. Compulsory student associations are inherently political organisations. In recent years student association ‘charities’ have variously: • Lobbied politicians against freedom of association • Submitted to parliament in opposition to changes to labour legislation • Complained about the election of the National government in 2008 • Claimed they campaign for “left wing reform” • Picketed the office of a National party MP
There is also the ethical question of how groups with forced membership can have charitable status. By definition, charities rely on voluntary contributions of time and money. However compulsory student associations are funded by people who have not agreed to become members. Organisations that have to rely on compulsory membership should not be entitled to call themselves charities.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga
By: New Zealand Government
COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki
By: Ministry of Health
Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
By: New Zealand Government
Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
By: Financial Services Federation
Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms - Annual Workforce Survey
By: CTU
Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government
By: Financial Advice New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media