7 November 2013 — Australian Greens health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale has lodged a written complaint with both the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commissioner and the Australian Tax Office regarding the Waubra Foundation qualifying as a health promotion charity, meaning donations to the organisation are tax deductible.
“The Waubra Foundation is not a health promotion charity, it is an anti-wind lobby group that peddles unfounded myths about the health impacts of wind farms,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP and public health professional.
“There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that wind turbine syndrome exists and surely an organisation must do more than promote a made-up illness to be considered a ‘health promotion charity’.
“Not only are the Waubra Foundation’s claims false and misleading, there is evidence that they may actually be causing harm. Much like a placebo can lead to genuine health benefits, claiming that something is harmful can lead to real harms.
“Helping the Waubra Foundation to raise money by classifying it as a health promotion charity that can receive tax deductible donations amounts to an unwarranted subsidy from the taxpayer and lends legitimacy to a medical condition that doesn’t exist.
“I’m taking a stand because I care about all those people who are genuinely suffering symptoms as a result of these untruths. And I don’t want to see public subsidies going to an organisation with ties to the fossil fuel industry that may be harming people in an effort to undermine an important source of clean and renewable energy.”