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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 […]

Australia fails to provide real increase in support for poorer countries to tackle climate change

The announcement by Prime Minister Turnbull that Australia will contribute at least $1bn over the next five years to support vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change and its impacts represents no increase above Australia’s previous contributions, Oxfam says. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke, who will be in Paris for the second week […]

Farming, Pacific and Indigenous community leaders bring climate realities to Canberra

A New South Wales farmer, community leaders from Indigenous Australia and Kiribati, and Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke joined more than 20 Australians from all walks of life at Parliament House to meet with key decision-makers to urge substantially stronger action on climate change today.

Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures, putting millions at risk of hunger

While Australian farmers nervously wait to see how a forecast El Niño might affect food production, Oxfam’s new report finds that at least ten million poor people around the world, including at least 2 million people in the Pacific, face hunger this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change […]

BHP climate change report signals further momentum ahead of Paris talks

BHP Billiton’s climate change report released overnight sends a strong message to governments that big business is taking climate change seriously, but its assumption that fossil fuels will be the major source of electricity in coming decades should be challenged, Oxfam said today. BHP Billiton’s report, Climate Change Portfolio Analysis, calls for a strong outcome […]

Australia agrees on goals to end global poverty, but achieving them will take real action  

Oxfam has welcomed Australia’s adoption of a new set of United Nations global goals that seek to end extreme poverty in the next 15 years. But the international organisation warned the goals would not be reached without real political will from all countries, and a disruption of business as usual.

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