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Who's at the door?

Captain Cathryn Williamson is breathing a sigh of relief that the Do Not Knock Register will not affect the fundraising efforts of The Salvation Army.
Captain Cathryn Williamson is breathing a sigh of relief that the Do Not Knock Register will not affect the fundraising efforts of The Salvation Army. Linden Morris

CHARITIES could soon be the only people door knocking in the Southern Downs if one South Australian MP has his way.

With the proposed Do Not Knock Register on the cards, Warwick and Stanthorpe Salvation Army Captain Cathryn Williamson said the charity being exempt came as a relief.

"So much of our annual budget for our social work is met by the Red Shield Appeal and its door-knock weekend," Mrs Williamson said.

"I think it could make things hard for any charities that are not exempt from it though."

Stanthorpe resident Hilary Richardson said she would be pleased to be able to choose who turns up on her doorstep.

"I like to support charities so I am glad that they will be able to continue but I don't like people knocking on my door after hours trying to sell me things I don't want," she said.

Yesterday MP Steve Georganas introduced his Do Not Knock Register private members bill to federal parliament.

Intended to protect the sanctity of Australians' homes it will work similarly to the current Do Not Call Register.

Mr Georganas said the aim was to protect vulnerable people from high pressure sales tactics of door-to-door sales people.

"This doesn't stop the Girl Guides selling biscuits or the Salvation Army conducting their Red Shield Appeal but it does mean that you won't be hassled by a sales rep to sign up with a new energy company or for a new phone plan when you're trying to eat dinner or enjoy your Saturday morning," Mr Georganas said.

For companies or sales people that violate the proposed register penalties of up to $1.1 million could be enforced.

Topics:  appeal, charities, doorknock, fundraising, red shield appeal, salvation army, warwick




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