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Oxfam voices serious concerns on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Appearing today before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security supplementary public consultation on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, Oxfam Australia’s Public Policy and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ball said: “Advocating to the Government and public is an important part of Oxfam’s work in empowering communities and tackling poverty, and without significant amendments we […]

New mining policy could reduce poverty

Labor’s policy announced today that would require large Australian oil, gas and mining companies to reveal tax and other payments made to government authorities in the countries in which they operate has the potential to reduce poverty, and the Federal Government should match it, according to Oxfam Australia. The policy would require relevant companies to […]

Adani mine will drive more people into poverty: Oxfam

Responding to reports that Adani has given final investment approval for its controversial Carmichael mega mine in Queensland, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Make no mistake, Adani’s proposed mine is a disaster for the world’s poor. More coal will drive more people into poverty through the devastating consequences of climate change and […]

New Panama Papers revelations expose rampant tax dodging in Africa

Responding to the new revelations of the Panama Papers (, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:
“The latest Panama Papers revelations expose rampant tax dodging that is allowing multinational companies to avoid paying their dues, particularly how shadow companies are shifting billions in revenue derived from highly lucrative mining and extractives operations across Africa,” Dr Szoke said.

BHP takes responsibility for Brazil disaster

Responding to the announcement overnight that BHP Billiton, along with Samarco and Vale, has reached multi-billion dollar compensation agreement with the Brazilian Government, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcomes the announcement of this multi-billion dollar agreement between the Australian mining company BHP Billiton, its partners and the Brazilian Government.  Oxfam has […]

BHP climate change report signals further momentum ahead of Paris talks

BHP Billiton’s climate change report released overnight sends a strong message to governments that big business is taking climate change seriously, but its assumption that fossil fuels will be the major source of electricity in coming decades should be challenged, Oxfam said today. BHP Billiton’s report, Climate Change Portfolio Analysis, calls for a strong outcome […]

Decision time for Government on mining transparency

Australia must show it is serious about revenue and tax transparency in the extractives sector and implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Australia. The call from the Publish What you Pay coalition (PWYP) comes as the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group meets this week (16 – 18 Oct) in Paris and the Board of […]

You can’t eat stones in the land of the goat

In the central north of Mozambique, there is a province known as the land of the goat, so called because of the animal’s significance for farmers and their families.

But Tete province is not just full of goats. It also possesses huge reserves of coal and iron ore deposits, and it’s where multinationals like Rio Tinto are doing business.

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