Pastor Danny Nalliah visits New Connection Church in Canberra on August 5, 2012
Pic:Catch The Fire Ministries
The Canberra Times reports…
“A Belconnen church has had its charity status revoked by the industry regulator after it failed to provide information to prove its charitable works.
The New Connection Church, on Walder Street in Belconnen, had its registration as a charity removed by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission on Wednesday.
It had previous been warned by the commission to provide more information about its activities and for not submitting a 2013 annual information statement.
Pastor Glenn Maloney, who founded the New Connection Church, said the decision was due to his organisation failing to submit paperwork on time and he would appeal the decision.
“We’ve done nothing wrong, we’ve just been very slow with getting the required documents in the required places. Most of that has been done now, it’s just a question of a few loose ends to tidy up,” he said.
“We’re a little bit disappointed but we abide by the rules.”
He said the church was a small organisation with about 40 members and had been running for about three years.
The commission said the Belconnen church had previously responded to questions from the commission, but had not been heard from since May 2.
The first complaint about the New Connection Church was received by the commission in January 2013. The content of the complaint was not known on Wednesday.
The commission said it was only the fourth time it had taken the radical step of revoking an organisation’s charitable status.
In June 2014, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission revoked the registration of the Arthur Crawford Foundation and in July it did the same to the Care 4 Kids Foundation of Australia Ltd and the Indigenous Foundation of Australia Ltd.
The commission said it had determined these organisations were not solely charitable.
Commissioner Sue Pascoe said the majority of Australian charities were honest and deserving of public support and the majority of complaints received by the regulator were resolved through education and advice.
It has received over 900 complaints about charities since it started operation in December 2012.”