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Tax changes must be first step in crack down on multinational tax dodging

Commenting in response to the Diverted Profits Tax legislation passed by Federal Parliament last night, Oxfam Australia spokeswoman Joy Kyriacou said: “The passing of the new Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) overnight is a welcome sign of clear action from the Government to crack down on multinational tax avoidance. “Oxfam estimates that each year, ‘offshoring’ of […]

Millions in Yemen knowingly pushed to the brink of famine – Oxfam

Fighters in the Yemen war and their international backers are wilfully pushing the country to the brink of famine, Oxfam warned today, on the two year anniversary of the escalation of the war (26 March). Nearly 7 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation and 70 per cent of the population is […]

Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement success leaves room for expansion – Oxfam

Responding to reports that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled under the additional intake, Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Nicole Bieske said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled […]

Record number of new billionaires a sign of extreme inequality, Oxfam says

Responding to reports that the 2017 Forbes’ billionaires list reveals a record 233 new billionaires, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Once again we are seeing another shocking statistic emerge, highlighting inequality occurring on a scale the likes of which we’ve not seen before. “Earlier this year Oxfam revealed just […]

One month after South Sudan famine declaration, it’s a race against the rains to save lives – Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan on 20 February 2017, it’s a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives, Oxfam warned today. The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid […]

Thousands to come together at events to say ‘we can do better’ to Close the Gap

Tens of thousands of Australians are taking part in events on National Close the Gap Day to call for an end to the appalling health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More than 1000 events are set to take place around the country on Thursday 16 March to support Australia’s largest campaign to […]

No escape for Syrians seeking safety six years after first protests – Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today. Amongst the most vulnerable Syrians are the approximately 78,000 people trapped along Syria’s sealed borders with […]

“Too weak to walk”, Oxfam spokesperson available for interview following visit to Unity State, South Sudan

Elizabeth White, Oxfam’s Policy Lead in South Sudan, has just returned to the capital Juba from Nyal in Panyijar County, southern Unity State, which has the worst nutrition situation in the country along with Leer County, which was declared to be suffering from famine last week. People from Leer have been arriving in Nyal in […]

Never has a vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world been needed more

With famine declared in South Sudan and the UN warning of looming famines across Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, the devastating ongoing war in Syria and the effects of climate change being felt in Australia and the Pacific, an Australian vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world is more important than ever. In its […]

Threat of four famines in 2017 a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity

The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure by the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam calls on donors to take immediate action to help up to 20 million people now at risk of starvation. Famine was declared […]

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