Across the Pacific region, the large-scale extraction of natural resources – including timber, minerals, oil and gas - is often presented as the clearest pathway towards economic development and improved wellbeing for citizens. However, extractive operations have repeatedly failed to deliver the improved livelihoods they promised and have been accompanied by dispossession, environmental destruction, abuses of human rights and offshoring of profits.
PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil from Morobe Province is one of the strongest supporters of coal in PNG. In June of this year, he made a speech where he defended his support of coal-fired power for PNG. His speech was riddled with claims that do not stack up. In this blog post, we challenge them.
Jubilee Australia Welcomes Commitment from Rio Tinto to Assess the Destructive Impacts of the Panguna Mine
Release Date: 21 Jul 2021
Today, Rio Tinto announced that it will fund an independent assessment of the environmental and social impacts of its Panguna Mine in Bougainville. This is a result of a human rights complaint filed by the Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of Bougainville communities.
Melbourne, July 9th - Rio Tinto and Mayur Resources were awarded the Corporate Cane Toad Award for their roles in contributing to environmental destruction and/or human rights violations worldwide. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne after a month of public voting in which over 1,000 people voted for the six companies nominated.
Lenders of last resort? Australia poised to use public money to help coal, oil and gas as private lenders flee
A new report by Jubilee Australia has found that Australia’s export credit agency has given around 80 times more financing to fossil fuels than it is to renewables. And that trend could continue, as Trade Minister Tehan on 24 June announced forthcoming changes to legislation which could give EFA even more ways to finance fossil fuel projects. Between 2009 and 2020, Export Finance Australia (EFA) provided financing of up to $1.69 billion to coal, oil and gas but only $20 million to renewables.
Statement from Jubilee Australia, Caritas Fiji and Fiji Council of Social Services in relation to Amex Resources Limited advertisement
On 19 June 2021, Amex Resources Limited (ARL) published a four-page advertisement in the Fiji Sun entitled “Amex Resources Limited – Response to NGO’s Allegations”. The statement responds to A Line in the Sand, a report published by Jubilee Australia, Caritas Fiji and Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) on 26 May 2021. The report discusses the company’s black sand mining project in the Ba river delta on Viti Levu. Jubilee Australia, Caritas Fiji and FCOSS stand by the report and its recommendations and publish this statement in response.
Release Date: 27 May 2021
Today, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, in conjunction with the Environment Centre NT and Jubilee Australia Research Centre organised a protest outside the Korean embassy calling on Korea to stop funding fossil fuel projects in Australia. Korean public financial institutions have provided more than AUD4 billion to gas projects in Australia over the last decade.
Today three community development and human rights groups, Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Fiji Council for Social Services and Caritas Fiji, released a new report raising the alarm about Australian companies engaging in black sand mining in Fiji.
Friends of the Earth Australia, Jubilee Australia and ActionAid Australia just launched the Cane Toad Awards - a brand-new award ceremony aiming to name and shame Australian corporations behaving badly.
The Barossa Project is a new large scale and high risk gas project that will draw gas from an offshore field located in pristine marine waters 100km north of the Tiwi Islands. Jubilee Australia spoke at a webinar, organised by Environment Centre NT, on the role of export credit agencies in financing this project and what civil society is doing to oppose this.
Export credit agencies and states potentially at risk of climate litigation over finance for fossil fuels
Export credit agencies (ECAs) – and the governments that oversee them – could be in violation of their international legal obligations if they do not take action to reduce their financing of fossil fuel-related activities imminently. That is the main conclusion of a new legal opinion published today, two days before ministers gather at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. The opinion, which was commissioned by Oil Change International, for the first time lays out the international law obligations of ECAs that are responsible for tens of billions of dollars per year in support for fossil fuels.
A group of Australian Civil Society (CSOs) sent an open letter to Minister Dan Tehan yesterday, calling for Australia to join governments worldwide who are moving away from using export finance to fund fossil fuel projects.
Public Statement by CSOs on the Launch of the Export Finance for Future: Export Finance Leadership Coalition Fails to Lead
On 14 April 2021, governments from Europe and the UK launched the Export Finance for Future (E3F) coalition. We, the undersigned civil society organisations from around the world, welcome this as a step in the right direction. Nonetheless, we urge these self-proclaimed leaders to show a higher level of ambition. The principles committed to by this coalition fail to adequately address export finance for fossil fuels and, as such, fail to address the urgency of the climate crisis.
Environmental, Research and Policy Groups Sound Alarm on Announcement About Santos’ Barossa Gas Field
Release Date: 30 Mar 2021
The Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the Australia Institute, and the Environment Centre NT have sounded the alarm about Santos’ announcement that a final investment decision has been made on its high risk and dirty Barossa project.
Project Sepik and Jubilee Australia Research Centre released a new report today on the dangers posed by the proposed Frieda River Mine to the Sepik River and urged its rejection by Papua New Guinean government authorities. The report is titled The Sukundimi Walks Before Me, in reference to the river spirit that Sepik people believe dwells in and protects the river.
Jubilee Australia Calls on the Australian Government to Support Poor Countries' Access to COVID-19 Vaccines.
Aid and development
Release Date: 10 Mar 2021
It is predicted that more than 85 poor countries will not have access to widespread COVID-19 vaccines until 2023 due to intellectual property laws. Together with several other Australian civil society organisations, we are urging the Australian Government to support a proposal that would waive some of the intellectual property laws' provisions.
Check out this session hosted by Jubilee Australia on Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders in the Pacific in the very first UN Pacific Forum on Business and Human Rights! You will hear from human rights defenders about the challenges they face and we will discuss how we can create a safer environment for human rights defenders.
Australian civil society organisations ActionAid and Jubilee Australia condemned G20 Finance Ministers who failed to extend a lifeline to the world’s poorest countries despite the clear need for debt cancellation, as they struggle to respond to the urgent humanitarian crisis brought on by COVID-19.
This week, as the IMF and the World Bank hold their Annual Meetings, Jubilee has released a new research paper about the World Bank’s response to the COVID pandemic. The World Bank’s Response to COVID-19 is the first in a new Occasional Paper Series by Jubilee Australia.
New Report Calls for a Dramatic Change from Extraction to Inclusion for Real Development in Papua New Guinea
Oakland/Port Moresby/Sidney—With the release of a new report today, ACT NOW!, Jubilee Australia, and the Oakland Institute, call for an urgent change of course from political leaders in Papua New Guinea. The report, From Extraction to Inclusion, analyses the country’s economic and development performance since its independence in 1975.
Doesn’t Stack Up: Australian Energy Company Accused of Spruiking Unnecessary Coal Power Project in PNG
A new report from CELCOR (Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc) and the Jubilee Australia Research Centre has raised significant concerns about a proposal from an ASX listed Australian energy company, Mayur Resources, to build the Pacific’s first coal-fired power station in Papua New Guinea,
Australian NGOs have expressed alarm as this weekend G20 Finance Ministers delayed debt relief measures for the world’s poorest countries as deaths from COVID-19 top 600,000 worldwide. The G20 did not call on multilateral lenders to take action and only reiterated its announcement from April that all official bilateral creditors should implement a short-term debt freeze
A research paper released today by Jubilee Australia Research Centre assessing changes proposed to Bougainville's mining laws has found that the amendments undermine the principle of landowner consent, and could lead to significant impacts on the rights of the people of Bougainville and their environment.
Climate proof EFA
Release Date: 16 Apr 2020
G20 debt suspension decision will bring temporary relief but offers no lasting solution to debt crisis. This morning, the G20 governments announced they have agreed to temporarily suspend debt for the world's least developed countries in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The suspension covers debt payments by 77 countries to G20 and other governments from 1 May to the end of 2020, estimated to be $12 billion.
A group of Australian civil society organisations (CSOs) released a statement today calling for the Australian Government to support the cancellation of external debt payments in 2020 for Low Income Countries (LICs) to help them fight the coronavirus. Organisations who signed onto the statement include: Jubilee Australia, Action Aid Australia, Caritas Australia
Wewak: A local Civil Society Organisation (CSO) called Project Sepik, today called for the rejection of the Frieda River mine on the grounds that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was ‘unfit for purpose’. The call came in connection with the submission of ten independent expert reports on the EIS, which were submitted to PNG’s Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA).
Independence referendum a first step for self-determination for Bougainville. Bougainville’s landslide vote for independence from Papua New Guinea is history making. But the right to self-determination must be upheld in all its fullness, says Jubilee Australia Research Centre. In a historic vote that’s been more than 20 years in the making,
BRISBANE | Emmanuel Peni from Project Sepik has travelled from East Sepik province in Papua New Guinea to raise awareness about the proposed Frieda River gold-copper mine and to meet with miner PanAust, a Chinese owned-Australian-licensed company with its head office in Brisbane. Joined by Project Sepik partners, Jubilee Australia and Aid/Watch, Mr Peni personally delivered a message on behalf of the Sepik River
Sydney / Ottawa – The Australian-Canadian mining company OceanaGold has been forced to cease mining for over a month at its Didipio copper-gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. The company faces a restraining order from municipal and provincial elected officials, a blockade of the site by Didipio villagers, most of whom are indigenous peoples, a lapsed mining permit,
Indigenous Peoples blockade OceanaGold mine in the Philippines: company operates despite expired license
Release Date: 11 Jul 2019
Sydney / Ottawa – OceanaGold’s copper-gold mine in Didipio faces concerted opposition by local and indigenous Ifugao peoples living at its mine site in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, as well as from municipal and provincial elected officials. This clear lack of social license across three relevant jurisdictions is reported to be one of the reasons the mine has not been successful in renewing its license.
Sydney/Wewak- Jubilee Australia and Project Sepik released a new report today about PanAust’s proposed Frieda River Mine project in Papua New Guinea’s Sepik region. The report, The River is Not Ours, is an investigation of the project’s environmental and social impacts and the views of local communities regarding the mine. The report is a collaboration between two organisations: the Australian-based Jubilee Australia and the Papua New Guinea-based Project Sepik.
Land Summit in Papua New Guinea: a dangerous attack on the country’s unique customary land tenure system
Oakland/Sidney – Jubilee Australia and the Oakland Institute denounce the National Land Summit, organized by the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government, as a dangerous attack on the country’s unique customary land tenure system. In a briefing paper released today, Land Summit or Land Grab?, the two organizations detail how the summit organized on May 1-3 2019 is an attempt by the PNG
Jubilee Australia, Caritas Australia and UNSW released a new report today, Enter the Dragon: Australia, China and the New Pacific Development Agenda, about the proposed new infrastructure fund for the Pacific. The report is strongly critical of the proposed Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), arguing that the rationale for the scheme has been made on faulty premises,
Yesterday the Government introduced a bill to amend Efic. If approved, Efic would change its name to Export Finance Australia and take responsibility for a $1 billion fund with the objective of supporting infrastructure in the region. Worryingly, lending money through this mechanism could only occur if the infrastructure project would result in an “Australian benefit”. This would be a dramatic change.