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Illegal protests funded by Australian taxpayers

Greenpeace and other left-wing activist groups are using a loophole in the tax system to fund their illegal protests.

In May, 15 Greenpeace activists illegally accessed a 10 story coal stockpile at the Port of Newcastle.

In the same month, Greenpeace activists scaled Commonwealth Bank’s headquarters in Sydney to protest against the bank.

These protests tie up significant police resources that could be used elsewhere.

Under the current tax system, some of these groups are eligible for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

This means every donation made to them is tax-deductible, effectively meaning Australian taxpayers are finding their illegal activity.

Chris Smith speaks to CEO of the NSW Minerals Council, Stephen Galilee, who is calling for the loophole to be closed.

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