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  • How do we rate the G20 Summit?

    Posted by Ben

    18 November, 2014

    The barricades have come down. The thunderous whomp of helicopters no longer echoes overhead. The motorcades of world leaders no longer crowd Brisbane’s streets and their planes have left the tarmac at Brisbane airport. Protestors and demonstrators, having raised their voices peacefully and often creatively, have returned home. The leaders' communiqué – all three tightly-crafted pages of it – has been released, outlining the work and results of this gathering of some of the world’s most powerful national leaders. When Micah Challenge began campaigning on tax and transparency, we knew that the Brisbane G20 in 2014 would be a key moment in shaping a global tax system that genuinely worked for the poor and cracked down on multinational tax dodging that robs poor countries of the revenue that they need to reduce poverty. On that score, how do we rate the summit? First, we are encouraged that G20 leaders acknowledge the nature and scale of the problem of tax dodging and the way it impacts low-income countries. Prime Minister… read more

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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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  • Shining a Light on the G20

    Posted by Ben

    3 November, 2014

    In a world where we are constantly inundated with news and information, there are many times when we see or hear something and think, I wonder what that’s about? I’ll research it later. Of course, later never arrives because amongst the busyness of our lives it completely slips our minds, until we come across it again and think, I never did get around to researching that. I’ll make sure I look at it later. And the cycle continues. So, this blog is for those of you who have come across vague rumblings or mentions of a little something called the G20, but despite your best intentions have yet to find out exactly what it is, why it’s important, and why it’s relevant to you. The G20 – What’s it all about? Made up of 19 of the world’s most economically powerful nations along with the European Union, altogether the G20 represents around two-thirds of the world’s population and that are responsible for three-quarters of all global trade. Leaders and ministers of the G20 meet annually to discuss and respond to… 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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