Updated 9:50am: A controversial lobby group is hitting back at plans to remove its status as a charity.
Charities Services has notified Family First it intends to de-register it, due to its political views not being in the public interest.
National director Bob McCoskrie believes it's due to their opinions on marriage - which he defines as one man and one woman.
He says when a group is deemed to be of no public benefit because they hold that view, then the country is in deep trouble.
Bob McCoskrie says while many people don't agree with Family First, they should have a right to exist as a charity.