I wrote previously that deductions to Greenpeace should not be tax-deductible (ie: on the deductible gift recipient (DGR) list. The Greenpeace Australia website proudly declares
To maintain absolute independence Greenpeace does not accept money from companies, governments or political parties.
Yet by having DGR status Greenpeace is indeed receiving taxpayer funding.
Greenpeace Australia chief executive David Ritter warned last year that civil disobedience was inevitable given that “all available lawful options have proven wholly inadequate and ineffective”.
Presumably one of those options is the democratic process. The electorate delivered a clear verdict: the Greens shed 25 per cent of their vote. In the lower house, 148 of 150 members are in parties who support the “termination” of the carbon tax and expansion of the coal industry.
Greenpeace leaders therefore advocate illegal and criminal activities and, like Clive Hamilton, do not respect the democratic process.
If Greenpeace does not respect Australia’s values and laws it should not be on the DGR list.
The Government should therefore divest Greenpeace from the DGR list.