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Philippines: Oxfam says mine financed, then owned by ANZ Bank devastates local communities' livelihoods

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25 October 2008

ANZ puts profits over people in the Philippines

Author: Oxfam Australia

A report released today by international aid agency Oxfam shows that cyanide-laden spillages from a mine financed by ANZ in the Philippines has devastated communities dependent on fishing for their livelihoods. Oxfam Australia’s Mining Ombudsman Shanta Martin said ANZ had some good social and environmental policies but had not demonstrated an ability to put these policies into practice... The Philippines mine, which was owned by the now defunct Melbourne-based Lafayette Mining Limited, exhibited a clear lack of environmental safeguards.

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Article
25 October 2008

The quiet avenger

Author: Jewel Topsfield, The Age [Australia]

...Oxfam Australia's mining ombudsman, Shanta Martin [said] "It's really not good enough that Australian companies don't respect human rights or uphold the highest environmental standards abroad as they would be required to do in Australia"...Oxfam established the mining ombudsman's office in 2000, after repeatedly hearing complaints from local communities about Australian mining companies operating in developing countries...After investigating complaints, Martin...raises community concerns with the mining companies. If they fail to respond, Oxfam publishes reports that aim to "name and shame" shonky companies and in some cases put pressure on investors to withdraw their support…[She] says Oxfam Australia has repeatedly lobbied the Federal Government to establish an independent complaints mechanism with real powers. [refers to Lafayette Mining, Emperor Mines and Intrepid Mines]

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Article
1 October 2008

[PDF] Mining Ombudsman case report: Rapu Rapu polymetallic mine

Author: Oxfam Australia

This case report outlines the social and environmental impacts caused by the operations of the Australian-owned Rapu Rapu polymetallic mine on Rapu Rapu island, the Philippines. It details the failure of two Australian companies — Lafayette Mining Limited and ANZ — to prioritise the local communities’ wellbeing over profits...This report seeks to ensure that lessons can be learnt from the Rapu Rapu mine case. Oxfam Australia has a number of recommendations for the current mine owners, Philippines regulatory authorities, the Australian mining industry, ANZ and other financiers of mining projects in developing countries, and the Australian government.

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