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Australia’s next Government must listen to Pacific leaders and act on climate crisis

Pacific leaders have just sent a loud and very clear message to whoever forms Government after this weekend’s Federal election – the climate crisis is “an unprecedented global catastrophe” and all countries must “take decisive and transformative action”. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Dr Simon Bradshaw said a statement released by Pacific leaders today urged […]

Oxfam continues to make progress implementing stronger safeguarding policies and driving cultural change

Oxfam staff are more aware and challenging of unacceptable behaviors as the organisation continues deep and wide-ranging reforms of its safeguarding work and culture, under its Ten-Point Plan. Oxfam publishes its fourth ‘quarterly progress’ report today against this plan. Oxfam’s new Standard Operating Procedures are improving the timeliness and consistency of its safeguarding reporting, including […]

Opinion – Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, 13 May: Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta woman and the National Manager of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program. In this election campaign, the major parties have together pledged more than $100 billion in new spending commitments, […]

The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters

First published in RendezView on Thursday, 9 May: The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters Dr Helen Szoke is Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive. While the Australian Government attempts to defend its indefensibly weak emissions targets, Mozambique is coming to terms with the devastation caused by an unprecedented two deadly cyclones in less than […]

Oxfam responding as India devastated after Cyclone Fani

Oxfam is getting ready to respond with food, clean water, shelter and hygiene kits to help cyclone-battered communities along India’s eastern coast after powerful Cyclone Fani slammed into the country on Friday. Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, which claimed close to 10,000 lives. At least three people […]

Second cyclone pummels Mozambique, thousands more lives in danger

Oxfam, and international and local partners, are planning to help people in Mozambique hit by a second devastating cyclone in less than six weeks. Oxfam is part of the COSACA consortium, with Save the Children and Care, now assessing people’s needs and preparing to distribute mosquito nets, food and hygiene kits. Cyclone Kenneth brought torrential […]

Cyclone Kenneth wreaks havoc in Mozambique

Oxfam and its partner organisations are preparing to support relief efforts to help communities in Mozambique after powerful Cyclone Kenneth made landfall today. Just over a month after the country was hit by deadly Cyclone Idai, a storm that killed about 1000 people and affected an estimated two million people across south-eastern Africa, communities in […]

Major spike in cholera likely as agencies struggle to reach infected people in Yemen

Fears are growing that the world’s worst cholera outbreak could be set for a massive resurgence as aid agencies in Yemen are struggling to reach almost 40,000 people suspected to have the disease, Oxfam warned today. Fighting and restraints on access – including checkpoints and permit requirements imposed by the warring parties – are making […]

Australian aid stagnates in OECD rankings

Responding to reports that Australia is stuck at the same level in global aid rankings just released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The disappointing news that Australia has stagnated in global aid rankings comes only a week after the Australian Government cut the […]

Election a test of climate leadership

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement today that there will be a federal election on 18 May, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “This election will be a referendum on climate change. Australians know that climate damage is here, now.  It’s being measured in lives lost, deepening inequality and rising hunger. “They are […]

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