Press scrutiny of NCC finances

Following an article yesterday on internal divisions at the National Civic Council, The Australian newspaper today turns its attention to the organisation's financial deficit.

The article, on Page 6 in the print edition, describes the NCC as a "Catholic political organisation", and claims it is making "huge financial losses", with its publications losing more than $200,000 a year.

The Australian reported yesterday that, faced with allegations that the influential body has been infiltrated by the anti-Semitic LaRouche movement, the NCC is moving to dump all its state presidents.

NCC sources said the organisation's newspaper, News Weekly, loses more than $150,000 a year, while the NCC Catholic-orientated journal AD2000 loses $80,000 a year.

The NCC has been kept afloat with money from a foundation set up by the late BA (Bob) Santamaria, who established the organisation in the 1950s, and by donations from Pater, a trust controlled by Sydney businessman Peter Beswick.

Civic council in financial trouble (The Australian 19/1/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
NCC (website under construction)
News Weekly - About the National Civic Council
AD2000 | National Civic Council 50th anniversary celebration, 7 October 1991 - address (November 2001)

The Australian reports on NCC soul-searching (CathNews 18/1/06)

19 Jan 2006