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Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nations’ annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in […]

“Dear Kmart….

We all love a bargain…but the bargain shouldn’t be what she makes.” Iconic Australian department store Kmart is being urged to become a national leader in ensuring living wages for the workers who are trapped in a cycle of poverty by the pittance wages they are paid for making our clothes. Inspired by the What […]

Unfinished business for our nation’s First Peoples must be a top priority: Oxfam

Commenting on the final report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples tabled in Federal Parliament today, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government has a unique opportunity to act on important unfinished business for Australia’s First Peoples, and the nation as a whole, and this should not […]

Modern Slavery laws pass Senate, need urgent priority in the House: Oxfam

Commenting on amendments to the Modern Slavery Bill passed by the Senate this evening, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The changes to the Modern Slavery Bill passed by the Senate this evening would see Australia take a meaningful step in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, which is estimated to affect […]

Developing countries are putting Australia to shame on refugees

Today, the signatures of about 170,000 concerned Australians from across the country will be handed over at Parliament House, calling for the Government to get all refugee children off Nauru. The Kids Off Nauru campaign has mobilised people in support of getting children off the tiny island country and raised awareness of the fact the […]

Dr Helen Szoke’s leadership acknowledged by the Australian Institute of International Affairs

Responding to the announcement that she has been honoured as a 2018 Fellow of Australia’s foreign policy think tank, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke AO said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by the Institute. These awards not only acknowledge my contribution to the international development […]

Oxfam Australia welcomes independent review into prevention of sexual misconduct

Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke welcomed the review, commissioned by the Australian Council for International Development and carried out by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. “Oxfam Australia welcomes this independent report that provides all Australian international development NGOs with ways in which we can better tackle the issue of sexual misconduct, as we […]

Oxfam welcomes significant changes to Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill

Responding to reports that amendments to the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill have passed the Senate, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam welcomes the significant changes that have been made to this Bill in order to protect the freedom of organisations like ours to speak out on important […]

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