From where I sit, Tony, *I* am the messenger. And we give an account to the Quakers because they support us, which is better than what you did when we supported you.
Tell me Dave, do you think the Quakers only provide an account of their expenditure to fellow Quakers, or only to those that support them? Some how I think not. They have nothing to be ashamed of with regard to their source of income. Their transparency removes all doubt as to the motives of the organisation.
Is "support" for you the criteria you demand before there is transparency in your group?
I am sure ENRON would have liked the internal revenue board to be supporting of them before being forced to disclose their expenditure. I guess support in the sense you speak of could translate into a silent complicity between the one doing the investigating and the one being investigated.
I would think if one wanted to be transparent there would be a link to a pdf download of your budget or something like that on your Jesus Christian website. That is what most religious organisations do. Unfortunately it is like pulling hens teeth with you. Why is that?
We now know that the Jesus Christians own a 7 acre property in Kenya, containing a restaurant for the public to eat at. What sort of daily income do you make with that business venture?
You make an income from the sale of Easy English Books, bought from cheap printers.
You own a 4WD, not a cheap vehicle by anyones standards.
You receive financial support from the Quakers towards loaning refugees money for airfares. Where are these refugees now? How many received this loan? Under what conditions is it to be repaid?
You live in a housing trust flat designed for those of low income in Australia.
Cherry receives a disability pension, and you a carers pension.
Your members all spend 6 days a week distributing tracts and books for a "donation" of which you generate a fair bit of income, given the exchange rates in the different countries. The UK is particularly profitable for your group as 1 pound there easily converts to near of 3 aus dollars.
Some [i:ecda59a961]conservative[/i:ecda59a961] maths would indicate that if, lets say, 25 members received $50 /day X 6 days/week, your coffers would increase by $7,500.00 per week. Remember I am dealing with a conservative estimate here, and I have not included the Easy English books or restaurant.
If your members are allowed to spend $6.00/day on food that would be an expenditure of $900.00, leaving $6,600.00. Not a bad income don't you think? Your and Cherry's pensions would be an extra $370.00/week. Rent in your housing trust flat is of course subsidized because you are a "low income" household, as you do not declare any of this income. tsk, tsk.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
You are smart enough to have the 7 acre property in Kenya in someone elses name, though knowing the nature of your control in the community that really matters little.