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Old 19th November 2017, 03:13 PM
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“In Victoria, giant businesses avoid paying payroll and land taxes. They enjoy exemptions from stamp duty and don’t pay any rates to council, simply by claiming charitable status,’’ Chipp said. “This has gone on for too long. By removing the tax-free status of religious run businesses we would be able to pay for affordable aged care, better child care options for parents and much needed funding for state
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REASON’s founder, Fiona Patten MLC has long campaigned for the removal of “advancement of religion” as a basis for charitable status. “Let’s be clear here. We are not talking about the charitable works of Churches. We are talking about money-making machines such as Sanitarium, the breakfast cereal manufacturer, and Hillsong”, Patten said. “The recent census shows that Australians are less religious than ever and yet we still subsidise Churches to the tune of billions of dollars.”

REASON argues that not only do these businesses enjoy exemptions from Federal, State and local government taxes but they use their funds to campaign against issues that the majority of Australians support, such as voluntary assisted dying and same-sex marriage.
Full article on Reason Blog. October 22, 2017
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Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventists?! How did I not know this?
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Sanitarium is owned by the Seventh Day Adventists?! How did I not know this?
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Kip, you knew this a year ago, according to linky.
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D'oh! How quickly I forget these things!
I need a list on my wall of brands to avoid for these reasons.
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D'oh! How quickly I forget these things!
I need a list on my wall of brands to avoid for these reasons.
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Yes please.

Coopers springs to mind, though not a religious organisation, anti SSM and includes bible verses on special six packs
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Coopers springs to mind, though not a religious organisation, anti SSM and includes bible verses on special six packs
Well, how do we want to go about this - in this thread, giving name, location, and reason for nominating, or (probably more legally preferable) via PM?
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My initial thought would be in an afa members only section for legal reasons but i'll leave that for those more knowledgable on such matters than i am.
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My initial thought would be in an afa members only section for legal reasons but i'll leave that for those more knowledgable on such matters than i am.
Yep! Opening a discussion for members.
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