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Publish What You Pay

PWYPA logo smallerIn 2011 SJ Around the Bay joined Publish What You Pay Australia, (PWYP).

PWYP is coalition of Australian civil society organisations working with the global network to campaign for transparency and accountability in the mining, oil and gas industries.

The Publish What You Pay Australia coalition (PWYP Australia) is comprised of non-governmental organisations committed to promoting good governance in resource-rich countries to ensure that citizens benefit equitably from their natural wealth, including through advocacy for the mandatory disclosure of all payments made between extractive industry companies and national governments on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis.

PWYP Australia works with PWYP International and other PWYP national coalitions as part of the global campaign for greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries.

“Despite billions of dollars of incoming revenues from oil, gas and mining extraction, citizens of more than 50 resource rich countries (1) around the world remain steeped in poverty. If governments managed these revenues transparently and effectively, they could serve as a basis for successful economic growth and poverty reduction. This has proved to be the exception rather than the rule.” (from the “Publish What You Pay” Mission statement).

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Support PWYP by sending a message to the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to say that you would like to see more transparency introduced in Australia.

  • Like PWYP on Facebook.
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Publish What You Pay Australia is demanding that:-

  • the Australian Government fully implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) following a pilot which commenced on 1 July 2012, and in doing so improve trust and accountability in Australia as well as help secure the EITI as the global standard for transparency in the extractive industries.
  • the Australian Government introduce legislation that would oblige companies listed or based in Australia to publish what they pay governments in the countries in which they operate, in line with similar legislation being introduced in the United States and European Union.

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Serena Lillywhite, the Extractive Industries Policy Advisor from Oxfam says that while the EITI was developed to help developing countries around the world it has a place in Australia too where it can better inform decisions on the best way of spending natural resource revenue to better benefit mining communities.

Australia taking part in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative


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