‘Terrorist’ group stripped of charity status
THE group responsible for revealing private details of thousands of Australian farming families has been stripped of its charitable status.
Aussie Farms runs a website listing these details while encouraging activists to take part in farm invasions.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomed the decision made by the Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
“This is a win for commonsense,” Mr Littleproud said.
The Agriculture Minister had written to the Charities Commissioner, asking him to review the Aussie Farms’ charitable status.
“Charities do not invade people’s privacy and encourage illegal behaviour,” Mr Littleproud said.
He worked with the Attorney-General to bring the Aussie Farms under the Privacy Act, with a maximum penalty of $2.1 million for breaching the Act.
“Our farmers deserve respect for putting the best food in the world on our dinner tables,” Mr Littleproud said.
Farms in the Granite Belt area included on the Aussie Farms Map included Boss Meats on Pyramids Rd, A&C Game Meat at Dalcouth, AM & DT Zahl dairy farm at Thulimbah and D L & PA Cassidy pig farm at Goldfields.
It also lists and ‘unknown’ piggery near Dalveen and the Wallangarra abattoir which has been shut for several years.
Boss Meats butcher Greg Paterson had labelled the group ‘terrorists’.
“It’s dangerous and people could get hurt,” Mr Paterson said.
“It’s bordering on terrorism.”
Mr Littleproud agreed with Mr Paterson.
“These activists put farming families at risk by encouraging large-scale trespass.
“No one wants 50 strangers invading their backyard where their kids play.”
The MP said Aussie Farms would lose charity tax benefits.
“It’s time for Aussie Farms came to their senses and took their attack map down,” he said.
Chris Delforce, the executive director of Aussie Farms, said the group would continue operating despite having its charity status revoked.
“Why wouldn’t we continue operating? We operated for four years prior to receiving charity status,” Mr Delforce said.