Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says religious organisations must face a public benefit test, in light of a weapons find at properties linked to a religious cult.
Adelaide police found guns, high-powered ammunition and explosives at properties connected with Agape Ministries International.
Police think the weapons may have been bound for a Pacific island.
Senator Xenophon says organisations claiming to be religious thrive on their tax-free status.
He says legislation he introduced to the Senate last week would help flush out dangerous groups.
“If a cult cannot get tax-free status because of its activities then clearly that would make it more difficult for it to flourish and to expand,” he said.
“That’s why it’s important that we have a public benefit test and that to me is one way of ensuring some degree of scrutiny for an organisation such as this.
“Until we have a public benefit test these organisations will escape even the most basic level of scrutiny.”
Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.
Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at Amazon.com.