Climate group 350.org is being investigated by the Australian government’s charities regulator to determine whether it promoted unlawful activities. Speaking at an event in Sydney in April 2016, Chief Executive Blair Palese said the organisation was urging supporters to take-part in the blockade of Newcastle Harbour to prevent coal shipments leaving the terminal as part of the worldwide “Break Free” protest movement against fossil fuels.
Nearly 2000 protesters participated in the May 8 2016 demonstration at Newcastle’s Horseshoe Beach while about 200 kayaks and catamarans blockaded the harbour with the police charging more than 60 individuals over the action.
350.org recorded a total income of $1.2 million nearly entirely sourced through donations including $641,598 from “foundations” and $110,260 in the form of “international” donations.
More details will come to hand once the regulator has completed its investigation.
This is yet another example of foreign funded interference in our democracy, with laws being deliberately broken by activist groups. Let’s stop foreign donations before more laws are broken and more foreign billionaires donate to these kind of groups to disrupt our democracy.