Charity regulator avoids nation ‘bias’


The head of the national charity regulator has asked his staff not to make acknowledgements to country beginning with “we” in their email signatures, fearing it may demonstrate a bias to indigenous charities.

Australian charities and not-for-profits commissioner and former Labor minister Gary Johns has told senators of the step while being grilled at a hearing in Canberra.

“The words raise a perception of bias that I’m not treating all the charities the same. I think that’s plain on the face of it,” Dr Johns said on Wednesday.


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