A woman rows a boat over a swelling river

Even the scales: Everyone deserves a fair go in the fight against the climate crisis 

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The climate crisis hurts those who are least responsible for causing it and who are also least equipped to protect themselves from it. In short, vulnerable communities at the forefront of the crisis are reeling to survive a nightmare they didn’t create. Small island nations, such as the Solomon Islands and Fiji, account for 0.5% of […]

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Canberra, ACT. Oxfam Australia Intern Fazal at Parliament House.

Intern spotlight: Fazal Ullah –Straight Talk Political Engagement Internship

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Fazal Ullah is currently completing an internship placement at Oxfam Australia, working alongside the First Peoples Program on Oxfam’s recent Straight Talk Summit. As part of his placement, Fazal recently went to Canberra to assist the team with the National Summit.

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Members of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Cultural Fishing, together with Traditional Owners, at Mystery Bay, NSW, on the morning of the hearing in Narooma in July 2022

Cultural fishing: Rights to an ancient practice left unprotected

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Testimony by South Coast Aboriginal people has spelled out the cost to their communities from the refusal of successive governments to legislate cultural fishing rights.

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Uncle Boydie and Jimi Peters

This NAIDOC Week, join William Cooper’s long walk to freedom

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By Alf ‘Uncle Boydie’ Turner (pictured right) and Jimi Peters (pictured left) While the name Nelson Mandela is known worldwide, few non-Indigenous Australians could say very much about his equivalent trailblazers in their own country. One of those trailblazers was William Cooper (1860-1941), a proud Yorta Yorta man, political activist and community leader, who a century […]

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Naidoc Week 2022 Oxfam's History Working with First Peoples

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Us

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The first week of July marks the start of NAIDOC Week, where we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week isn’t just for Indigenous communities, it’s also an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate one of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. After […]

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Loss and damage finance: where the rubber hits the road for climate justice

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Extreme weather events and increasing humanitarian need  Continued inaction has created a climate crisis with more extreme weather events happening more frequently. These events disproportionately affect communities already facing crises related to conflict, food insecurity, and the economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even worse inadequate loss and damage finance from rich countries, who are […]

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What She Makes movement on IWD

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Women everywhere should have access to period products, nutritious food and be free to exercise and move their body, allowing them a healthy and dignified life. But many women who make our clothes can’t afford basic necessities. Many have to work long hours over a sewing machine due to low wages, resulting in painful injuries […]

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The traditional connection to land and waters is inextricably linked to the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Time to respect First Peoples’ traditional fishing rights

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Aboriginal communities along the South Coast of NSW face constant surveillance, harassment and prosecution for carrying out their ancient fishing traditions.

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Adriana Wale - Image Credit: Collin Leafasia/Oxfam

IPCC report: climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable

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This new report on climate change shows that the impacts of global warming are not something in the distant future, but are happening now. In fact those suffering the most from these consequences are the ones who contribute the less to climate change.

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Big W’s next step

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Big W Australia recently announced the next step in their commitment to a living wage for the women who make our clothes. 

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woman with clothing tag and banner that says naughty or nice. Christmas theam

Who is Naughty and Who is Nice in 2021?

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Three major clothing companies in Australia – Lorna Jane, Myer and The Just Group – have failed to take the basic step of publishing key information about where they manufacture their clothes. 

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Climate justice is about more than emissions reductions

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Funding required to support low-income countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change, also known as climate finance, as well as funding to compensate for its irreversible consequences, known as loss and damage funding, is more important than ever. 

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Afghanistan update

Australian Government must do more to support Afghan people

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Article written by Anthea Spinks, Oxfam Australia Programs Director As the final US planes flew out of Kabul this week, the hopes of thousands of Afghan people to also leave their country were dealt a heavy blow. With the country now devoid of foreign forces for the first time in 20 years, what happens next […]

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Keeping 1.5°C alive in the lead up to COP26

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In August we saw the release of the report from the International Panel on Climate Change. It provides the latest information on past warming and future warming projections, showing how and why the climate has changed to date, and including an improved understanding of how humans have influenced the climate.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie on Secondment

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Stephanie Hill is a paralegal, completing a secondment from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, assisting in the legal team at Oxfam Australia.

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Two young girls in Nepal

What is a beneficiary of a Will?

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Many people find that they’re able to give more generously to Oxfam through their Will than they ever could during their lifetime. In fact, you might be surprised to hear what just a small percentage of your estate can achieve.

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Smiling child holds bucket over his head

What does it mean to leave a legacy in your Will?

Many people find that they’re able to give more generously to Oxfam through their Will than they ever could during their lifetime. In fact, you might be surprised to hear what just a small percentage of your estate can achieve.

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A smiling woman tends to crops

How to word a Will. What you should include when writing your own Will

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Many people find that they’re able to give more generously to Oxfam through their Will than they ever could during their lifetime. In fact, you might be surprised to hear what just a small percentage of your estate can achieve.

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Volunteer spotlight: Susan Davidson

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  Susan was born in Perth & grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, followed by boarding school in the UK. After several years of international travel, including a teaching stint in Machakos, Kenya, she returned to Perth in 1982 and has been based in Fremantle for nearly 40 years. Susan is now retired from her […]

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Volunteer spotlight: Phoebe Rahn

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  Who are you? My name is Phoebe Rahn, I live in Melbourne on Wurundjeri land. In my free time (and not in lockdowns) I like to spend time in nature –bushwalking, camping and being at the beach. I completed a double degree, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Global Studies and am passionate about […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Garrett

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Joel Garrett first volunteered at Oxfam in the Supporter Services team in November 2011 and returned in May 2017 to assist the legal team.   Who are you? My name is Joel. I in born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and still currently living there. Growing up I always enjoyed a balance […]

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Nur* with her daughter Ismat* inside her tent, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Fabeha Monir/Oxfam (*name changed)

Four things to know about Covid in the world’s largest refugee camp

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Despite the difficult conditions in the camps, the Rohingya people seem so far to have escaped from the worst. However, the pandemic has fuelled an economic crisis.

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Beating COVID: how Aboriginal communities mobilised to fight the pandemic

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When the threat of COVID-19 became fully apparent last year, First Peoples health organisations across Australia swung quickly into action to prevent devastating effects in their communities.

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Voices — February 2021

With support and solidarity from kind, caring people like you, we’ve changed so many people’s lives for the better. Meet just a few of the many people around the globe whose lives have been uplifted thanks to your compassion and generosity.

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