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  • Christians create mock tax haven in Brisbane prior to G20

    Posted by Micah

    11 November, 2014

    The following article on our advocacy activities in Brisbane last weekend was originally published by Eternity online newspaper on Monday 10 November, 2014. Approximately 100 advocates from churches across Brisbane dressed as corporate accountants transformed part of Brisbane’s CBD into a tax evader’s paradise of palm trees, mocktails, beach chairs and briefcases on the weekend to shed light on the issue of multinational tax dodging. In the lead up to the G20 Leaders’ Summit that starts on Saturday (15 Nov), Micah Challenge’s “shine the light” campaign has been engaging Australian Christians in efforts to promote greater transparency in the global financial system for one primary aim – that poor nations would have greater access to tax revenue which is rightfully theirs. John Beckett, Micah Challenge’s National Coordinator, believes a lot is at stake when the world’s most powerful leaders meet in Brisbane this month. “Actions to crack down on tax dodging by multinational companies are already on the… read more

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  • The Church as Prophetic Voice

    Posted by Salome

    5 November, 2014

    We interviewed Charles Newington, Senior Pastor of ACC-affiliated Cornerstone Christian Church and Rev Susan Pickering, Senior Minister of West End Uniting Church in Brisbane about the actions their churches are taking in conjunction with our Shine the Light campaign for the G20. It’s a great insight into why Brisbane Christians are feeling the call to engage with tax injustice, and inspiring for those of us who aren’t in Brisbane, but can nonetheless take action by adding our voice to theirs. How is your church engaging in the Shine the Light Brisbane weekend? Charles: We are engaged in a Worship and Justice Evening. Our Youth Group and Young Adults in particular, but everyone has a real interest in hearing Tim Costello and Bishop Ephraim speaking on the issues. We certainly work at being both a worshiping community and also actively and practically involved in justice and equity of opportunity. Susan: West End Uniting Church will be hosting a prayer and meditation service on the Saturday morning before the Public Action in Brisbane. Whyhas… read more

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  • The Personal Side to Tax Justice Advocacy

    Posted by Benton

    29 October, 2014

    Whenever we think of great reforms made in the past, we think of a sea of people crying out together in unison for change. We rarely think of the personal stories that led each and every one of those individuals to dedicate their time, their efforts or even their very lives to bringing about reform. However, we at Micah Challenge would like to take the time to look at the personal motivations of some of our supporters, and why is it they have developed a passion for seemingly complex topics like tax dodging & corruption. Benton Wecker is a long-time supporter of Micah Challenge, and has some really great things to say about his faith and why it has led him to participate in our upcoming Shine the Light Brisbane events. We hope you find his answers as inspiring as we did! How did you get involved with Micah Challenge? I became involved with Micah Challenge Australia in early 2009 when a good friend encouraged me to attend the annual Micah Challenge national gathering in Canberra called ‘Voices for Justice’. My wife and I made the trip for… read more

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  • Voices for Justice 2014 Day 3

    Posted by Benton

    23 June, 2014

    Well I’m sitting here typing this in the middle of Queens Terrace Cafe in Parliament House and the buzz from Voices for Justice participants is infectious and so exciting! It’s actually hard to hear yourself above it all! I think all 220 Christians here at Voices for Justice feel the immense privilege it is to be able to speak truth to our nation’s leaders so that, as Joel Edwards spoke to us about last night, we may join in God’s mission in this world of proclaiming good news to the poor and setting the oppressed free. And as Tom Wright would say, the good news of Jesus and his resurrection is that God’s mission is not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonise earth with the life of heaven. For me, Voices for Justice puts flesh and blood on this idea. At Voices, when we engage with our politicians we are all seeking to respond to these critical questions: who is being oppressed or treated unfairly, and am I standing with them as Jesus would? And as Dereje Alemayehu stressed to us, tax justice isn’t… read more

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