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NSW Government must not step back from Modern Slavery Act

A year after the NSW Government passed laws positioning itself as a global leader in the fight to end modern slavery, the legislation is languishing after being sent to an additional review. On the one-year anniversary of the Modern Slavery Act being passed by the NSW Parliament, nine prominent Australian civil society groups have united […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adani approval reckless: Oxfam

Responding to Federal Government approval for groundwater management plans that bring the controversial Adani coal mine a step closer, Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Dr Simon Bradshaw said: “The Federal Government approval – a major hurdle that brings the disastrous Adani coal mine a step closer to reality – is a reckless and shameful decision […]

Budget a hollow commitment to Australia’s First Peoples

Commenting on the Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “This Budget fails to address the great needs of Australia’s First Peoples in the critical areas of health and housing. “Oxfam is concerned that in responding to the Closing the Gap Refresh, the Government has addressed – in a questionable […]

Budget blind to dual crises of inequality and climate change

This year’s inward-looking Federal Budget does little to tackle growing inequality in Australia or the world, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “This is an extremely disappointing Budget.  There’s been no improvement in Australia’s policies to tackle climate change, we’ve seen a continuation of cuts to Australian aid, and aid funds are being diverted from Asia to […]

Labor’s climate policy a solid start, but still falls short: Oxfam

Responding to the release of Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan, Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Dr Simon Bradshaw said: “While today’s announcement includes some very welcome steps, overall Labor’s plan still falls short of the leadership and courage that the climate crisis demands. “We are seeing global hunger once again on the rise as a […]

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