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Coalition’s foreign policy ignores aid

Responding to the Coalition’s announcement on its foreign policy agenda, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “We are disappointed that the Coalition’s foreign policy announcement fails to address calls to increase funding for overseas development assistance at a time when recent cuts have taken Australia to the least generous we have ever been. […]

ALP Resets Indigenous Agenda

Responding to the ALP’s Indigenous affairs policy platform announced this morning, Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Program Manager Justin McCaul said: “Oxfam welcomes this comprehensive response by the ALP to the issues put forward in the Redfern Statement last week. “Indigenous leaders and organisations came together a week ago to lay out […]

Multinational tax dodging costs us billions

Nearly $AU9 billion that could be spent on schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure in Australia and in poor countries is instead being hidden by Australian-based multinationals in tax havens, according to an Oxfam report released today. According to The Hidden Billions – How tax havens impact lives at home and abroad, and based on the latest available data, tax haven use by Australian-based multinationals cost Australia around USD $5 billion (AUD $6 billion) in lost tax revenue annually, and cost developing countries an […]

Tax havens ‘serve no useful economic purpose’: more than 300 economists tell world leaders

Experts including Thomas Piketty and Jeff Sachs call for more tax transparency More than 300 leading economists from 30 countries have today written to world leaders warning that there is no economic justification for allowing tax havens to continue, and urging them to bring an end to offshore financial secrecy. The letter comes ahead of […]

Turnbull Government snubs Indigenous affairs

Responding to the 2016 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Turnbull Government has provided no new money to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians faced with shorter life expectancy and dramatically higher incarceration rates. “Despite the ongoing crisis in incarceration rates, child removal rates […]

Federal Budget: tax dodging and aid cuts stoke global inequality and poverty

New measures to combat multinational profit-shifting announced in the Federal Budget fall short of the bold action needed to tackle the global scale of the problem, Oxfam said tonight. Oxfam Australia’s Budget spokesperson Joy Kyriacou said from Canberra that while steps to tackle profit-shifting were a good start, the Australian Government’s failure to properly fix […]

Labor’s climate change policy leaves room for improvement

Responding to the Australian Labor Party’s Climate Change Action Plan, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Labor’s targets are clearly a welcome improvement on what the Turnbull Government is currently committed to, but they are not yet consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the level of action that will be […]

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