The fundamentalist Christian church in Sydney, Hillsong,
is in the news again, but not because of high-profile
visitors like Peter Costello and John Howard.
No, it's more sinister. This church, which is tax exempt, has been
accused of rorting the local Aboriginal community and
the Federal Government. It allegedly applied for and
received Aboriginal Development Grants without reference
to the Aboriginal group it claimed to be supporting, and
spent most of the money ($315,000) on its own
administration and staffing costs, with only a trickle
If these were Aboriginal people doing this with
taxpayers' money they would be in jail by now.
THE SUNDAY MAIL
February 19, 2006