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Morrison government announces new Minister for Charities

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced Senator Zed Seselja as the new Minister for Charities

Senator Zed Seselja has been appointed as the new Minister for Charities under the new Morrison government.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed the new Treasury portfolio on Monday, with Seselja given the responsibility for the non-for-profit and mutuals sector, including the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Royal Australian Mint, and assisting the Treasurer with foreign investment, housing policy, and portfolio matters.

Prior to this, Seselja was Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, and he has been an active player in the charity sector. He has a firm belief that the government needs to find better ways of working with the charity sector.

After representing the government in the CCA pre-election debate at the National Press Club which happened before the last election, Seselja expressed interest in supporting charities and his commitment to provide solutions for the charity sector.

However, Seselja’s appointment did not come without concerns for his ties to Peter Dutton and his role during the home minister’s failed leadership coup.

Furthermore, Labor MP Andrew Leigh believes that it’s hard to see how a minister can properly serve the sector when the usual pattern is that a minister only stays in the position for an average of ten months.

“Australian charities are once again collateral damage of the crisis and division within the Coalition,” Leigh stated in a press release.

“Zed Seselja is the government’s sixth minister with responsibility for the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, following Kevin Andrews, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Michael McCormack and Michael Sukkar.

“Regardless of what you think about each of those individuals, it’s hard to see how a minister can properly serve the sector when they’re only in the job for an average of ten months.”

Despite concerns raised in regards to Seselja’s appointment, the ACNC and members within the community sector has welcomed him to his new role in the charities sector and have expressed interest in the impact he will create.

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