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Blog: 13 Senate committee backs Xenophon campaign - 2010-09-07

F0.png 13 Senate committee backs Xenophon campaign September 7, 2010, Jonny Jacobsen, Infinite Complacency

In a breakthrough for Senator Nick Xenophon's campaign against Scientology, an Australian senate committee has backed his call for closer monitoring of groups that enjoy tax-exempt status.

An Australian senate committee has endorsed Senator Nick Xenophon's call for a charity commission to monitor charities and religious groups that enjoy tax-exempt status - a keystone of his campaign against Scientology.

The Senate's economics committee called for the new body to apply a public benefit test, like the one already used in Britain and New Zealand, to ensure that groups deserve their tax-exempt status.