Abstract: This article considers the principles of charity law that have governed the relationship between religion and charity, and identifies some distinctive Australian characteristics. This leads into a review of international charity law reform. Leaving aside all the many reasons for, and the varied outcomes of, these processes, the article focuses squarely on the implications of law reform for the relationship between charity and religion. Its objective is to identify jurisdictional differences in the changes made to charity law and to examine their nature and effect. The article concludes by providing an outline of the options now facing Australia as it wrestles with charity law reform, and considers what, if any, adjustments should be made to the law so as to ensure that the relationship between charity and religion is appropriate for life in the 21st century.
To cite this article: O'Halloran, Kerry. Charity and religion: International charity law reform outcomes and the choices for Australia [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2011: 29-44.
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