5 Dec 2019

Charity specialist lashes out at Department of Internal Affairs over Hepatitis Foundation

From Morning Report, 8:27 am on 5 December 2019

A charity taxation specialist with thirty years experience in the sector has complained to the Attorney-General over the way the regulator dealt with the Hepatitis Foundation.

That comes as the Department of Internal Affairs' deputy chief executive, Maria Robertson, defends the decision not to publish a critical report, which revealed the foundation had spent more than $128,000 on travel over two years for its board chairperson, and paid for lavish dinners at top restaurants.

Ms Robertson also defended the Hepatitis Foundation, saying publicly shaming it does nothing to help the charity sector.

However, charity specialist Dr Michael Gousmett says the regulator is supposed to hold charities to account.

He speaks to Morning Report.