Australia: Charity World Vision in allegations of corruption and nepotism

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One of Australia’s biggest charities, World Vision, is implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal that involves AFL stars, a free Bali holiday, nepotism and suspected kickbacks in return for lucrative printing contracts.

Leaked invoices and emails suggest that donations from Australians to the humanitarian behemoth — famous for its child sponsorship campaign and celebrity endorsements — have helped pay for contracts to a printing group which then made secret payments to the father of a World Vision executive.

The revelation comes as World Vision Australia chief executive officer Claire Rogers announced her resignation late on Sunday, citing family and personal reasons. The organisation and its chairman denied Ms Rogers’ resignation had anything to do with the news about the alleged corruption in the organisation, though her announcement had been brought forward from its planned timing of Wednesday. There is no suggestion Ms Rogers was involved in any wrongdoing

The full original article can be found at smh.com.au

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