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  • The Global Call for Tax Justice

    Posted by Amanda

    27 October, 2014

    Waiting at Heathrow for plane to Australia. It’s a trip I’ve done many many times but none with this much scary significance. Christians in Australia will represent over 81, 450 people from 172 nations who have signed the Global Call – people from Vietnam, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Andorra, The Bahamas and China. From Slovenia, Malta, Nigeria, Romania and Suriname. It’s been wonderful to see the global response. People everywhere want to stop corruption. We all know it’s not right and in the last year, we have also taken action rather than just shrugging our shoulders in despair or blaming other people for the problem. As well as the 80,000 signatures – most of them signed in hard copy at church meetings – we have hundreds of selfies, and we have the support of the leaders of all main Christian networks – Evangelical, Pentecostal and Ecumenical – via the Open Letter. All of these actions will be prayed over, and presented to political leaders in the coming weeks. There’ll be a youth… read more

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  • Anti-Poverty Week 2014

    Posted by Salome

    15 October, 2014

    This week is International Anti-Poverty Week, and it is traditionally a time for community groups, churches, non-for profits and advocacy groups to recommit their efforts to help the poor. This week is a time for reflection on the incredible achievements of the last year, in fighting against poverty, as well as a time of reflection on the challenges we continue to face and how best to overcome them. As Christians, we use anti-poverty week as a time of thanksgiving for how God has worked through us to bring His kingdom values of caring for our global neighbours to fruition, and how he continues to strengthen us in our efforts to bring the world to holistic wholeness. We also use it as a time to recongise that there is still work to be done, and to refresh ourselves in God’s mandate to take care of the least among us. So for Anti-Poverty Week 2014, let’s take some time to look at one achievement for each of the MDG’s, and give thanks to the Lord for all the lives that have been saved through our global effort. Let us also pray for the fruit of… read more

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  • The G20, Tax and Transparency

    Posted by Ben

    25 September, 2014

    The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bankers met over the weekend in balmy Cairns. Sadly, they weren't given many opportunities to work on their tans. They were too busy discussing plans to invest in infrastructure, try to increase global economic growth, and take a few more steps to improve transparency in international finance, and increase the prospects for countries trying to get multinational companies to pay their fair share of tax. Their communiqué doesn't include any major breakthroughs, but there has been progress on the A-B-Cs of tackling tax dodging. So I thought it would be worth taking some time to sketch the progress we've seen so far, and highlight why it's still vital for people to be active in campaigning on these issues. (Image source: www.abc.net.au) Automatic Exchange of Information – which will help to catch and limit people's use of overseas investments and accounts to avoid tax – has been adopted as the new global standard. It's not quite the "end to banking secrecy" trumpeted by… read more

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  • Another Step Forward in Tackling Tax Dodging

    Posted by Ben

    10 September, 2014

    Finding a place to stash illict funds, or avoiding tax by hiding money overseas, just got a little bit harder. Last week, the Treasurer announced that Australia will join other countries in implementing the new global standard for the Automatic Exchange of Information on Tax Matters. The OECD and G20 have been working on a global standard for the Automatic Exchange of Information on Tax Matters (AEOI) which means that countries are able to automatically receive information when any of their citizens set up bank accounts or make investments in another country. International experience has shown that AEOI cuts down on tax dodging by wealthy individuals and corporations. With appropriate privacy safeguards, AEOI makes it much easier for countries to identify people and businesses making use of legitimate international banking needs and what may be illegitimate tax evasion. Developing countries lose an estimated $1 trillion each year through illicit outflows – that is, money that was illegally earned, transferred or utilised. A significant proportion of this… read more

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