The Legal Concept of Charity and its Expansion after the Aid/Watch Decision
This paper provides the reader with an insight into the legal analysis of the concept of ‘charity’ and ‘charitable purpose’. This discussion is important in light of the 2010 High Court decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Aid/Watch Incorporated. It begins with an overview of the historical development of ‘charity’ as a legal concept. It then considers how this concept has been interpreted in the context of taxation law and in particular focuses on the arguments for and against a restriction of advocacy and political lobbying by charities. It concludes with an analysis of the Aid/Watch Case and how this may be applied in the future to other charitable entities.