Ethical Partners Funds Management in partnership with Publish What You Pay Australia has just released Leaders or Laggards? Tax and Revenue Transparency of ASX mining, gas and oil companies and new polling about the research. Recently Lonergan Research polled over 1,000 people aged over 18 and found that:


• 9 in 10 (90%) Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should rule out using offshore tax havens.
• Three quarters (77%) of Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should contribute more in taxes to help Australia recover from the impact of COVID-19.
• 7 in 10 (71%) Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should contribute more in taxes to help developing countries where they do business respond to COVID-19.
• Most (93%) Australians believe the government should do more to promote transparency in the mining, gas and oil sectors, and this is fairly consistent across gender and age
• 88% if Australians believe the government should make Australian mining, gas and oil companies publish the taxes they pay at a project level both in Australia and overseas
• 4 in 5 (80%) Australians believe their superannuation fund should advocate on their behalf with mining, gas and oil companies to be more transparent around taxes and revenues paid to governments here and abroad.
• 9 in 10 (90%) Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should rule out using offshore tax havens. – While a similar proportion of men and women believe this (90% and 91% respectively), men are most likely to strongly agree that these companies should rule out using offshore tax havens
• 3 in 4 (74%) Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should publicly disclose donations.
• 7 in 10 (70%) Australians believe Australian mining, gas, and oil companies should publicly disclose donations to political parties.


The research was commissioned by Publish What You Pay and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 1,042 Australians aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and non-capital city areas.