New legislation welcomed by advocates, September 2012

The Mental Health Council of Australia today welcomed the introduction of Commonwealth legislation to protect the ability of contracted non-government organisations to advocate for better policy and legislation.

“Non-government organisations, who are delivering services at the frontline, are often best placed to share their insights to advance better policy and better legislation”, said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, and member of the Gillard Government’s Not-for-Profit Reform Council.

“Governments should not gag the capacity of organisations to speak out, just because they are delivering services and receiving public funds”, said Mr Quinlan.


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