OUR RESOURCES,
OUR RIGHT TO KNOW

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Call on the Australian Government to act and introduce legislation requiring mining and oil and gas companies to publish what they pay to governments where they operate.
Call on the Australian Government to act
THE RESOURCE CURSE

Many countries rich in finite natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals are burdened by their bounty instead of blessed by it. In fact two thirds of the world’s poorest people live in resource-rich countries.

Why?

Residents of Sadiola village in Mali – like this young mother – have seen few benefits from the gold mine in their community. “Youth have no jobs and the men don’t have work at the mine,” says community leader Sora Sakiliba. “Thesedays, men usually have no money.”
Photo: Brett Eloff/Oxfam America.
SECRECY AND CORRUPTION
CAMPAIGNING FOR TRANSPARENCY IN NIGER
This short film follows the activities of Ali Idrissa who coordinates the PWYP Niger coalition and their campaign for greater transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining industries. French with English subtitles.

Too often mining and oil and gas companies and governments keep their contracts and revenues secret, allowing mismanagement and corruption to flourish. Secrecy and corruption often result in the income from natural resource extraction going missing and not benefiting citizens, especially those living in poverty. Secrecy and corruption also stop poor communities getting access to basic services, like clean water, healthcare and sanitation.

As the sovereign owners of a country’s natural resources, citizens have a right to know how much their government receives from companies who want access to those resources, and how revenues are being spent.

A CONTINENT OF RICHES ?
Africa is experiencing a major expansion in natural resource extraction and currently around 240 Australian mining companies operate on the continent. In 2010 the exports of minerals and oil and gas were worth roughly seven times the amount given to the continent in aid. Yet without improved transparency this natural wealth is unlikely to be turned into lasting benefits.
One quarter of Africa's income is lost because of corruption. Corruption leads to infrastructure and hygiene issues.
TRANSPARENCY IS THE KEY

Transparency of revenues from the sale of natural resources could help end corruption and ensure that this income is used for the public good. Thanks to pressure from Publish What You Pay, the European Union and governments in Canada, Norway and the United States have introduced laws requiring their mining and oil and gas companies to publish what they pay governments wherever they operate.

Photo: Audrey Berry
TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO ACT

Australia is home to thousands of mining and oil and gas companies, operating both in Australia and overseas. Australia could help resource-rich but poor communities around the world that are seeking to hold their governments to account and introduce transparency legislation.

Mining taxes and royalties are often a topic of concern and controversy in Australia too. Greater transparency would help us understand the value of our nation’s natural resources.

The world's largest open pit gold mine, dubbed
'Super Pit', Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Photo: Shutterstock.
STAND WITH US AND SPEAK OUT

Join the global movement for transparency to help end corruption and poverty in resource-rich countries and support the people’s right to know the value of their oil, gas and minerals.

Call on the Australian Government to act and introduce legislation requiring mining and oil and gas companies to publish what they pay to governments where they operate.

Call on the Australian Government to act

Evan Nancy and Pauline Tsira play downstream
from the gold mine at Be Muta village in the
Solomon Islands.
Photo: Lara McKinley/Oxfam Australia.
PUBLISH WHAT YOU PAY IS A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE MINING AND OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES. IN AUSTRALIA, THE CAMPAIGN IS SUPPORTED BY A COALITION OF ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT CITIZENS OF RESOURCE-RICH COUNTRIES BENEFIT FROM THEIR NATURAL WEALTH.
Godfried Ofori, a member of the Concerned
Citizens association of Presta, Ghana, looks out
over an open pit at the Bogoso / Prestea Mine.
Photo: Jane Hahn/Oxfam America.