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Budget delivers only piecemeal measures for Australia’s First Peoples

Responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “At a time when Australia’s First Peoples live 10–17 fewer years than other Australians, and babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the national rate, this Budget really needed to act on the dire state of Indigenous health. […]

Further aid cuts would turn Australia’s back on the world’s poorest

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister is today planning to further gouge the Australian aid budget by more than $450 million, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Government must not desperately dip into Australia’s already depleted aid budget. “At a time when the world faces multiple humanitarian crises, and after already […]

Tax promises offer progress on big companies avoiding their fair share

Responding to today’s announcement that a Labor Government would tighten loopholes exploited by multinational companies to avoid paying tax, Oxfam Australia’s tax policy advisor Joy Kyriacou said: “Tightening a range of tax loopholes would be a very welcome move. “Today’s policy announcement by Federal Labor would see loopholes closed across a range of important areas, including […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m funding for Yemen

Oxfam Australia welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in funds to deliver life-saving assistance to people in poverty facing starvation and conflict in Yemen. The announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is the first direct funding that Australia has provided to the Yemen crisis since the escalation of conflict in March […]

Oxfam spokespeople available for interview 6 months on from start of Mosul offensive

Tom Robinson, Oxfam’s emergency team lead in Iraq, is available for interviews from Erbil. He is part of a team who are rehabilitating a water plant to bring drinking water to the residents still living in western Mosul. Over 320,000 people have fled Mosul and surrounding areas since the offensive began on the 17 October. […]

Stark Indigenous inequality shows calls for governments to reset agenda: new report

The failure of successive governments to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is condemning too many Indigenous Australians to stark inequality and entrenched disadvantage, according to an Oxfam report published today. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said the report found funding for Indigenous services was inadequate, misdirected, uncertain and lacking in […]

Australia falls to 17 in OECD aid rankings

Responding to reports that Australia has once again fallen in the global aid rankings released annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government’s funding cuts have seen aid fall to its lowest levels in our country’s history in relation to our economy. […]

Oxfam response to chemical weapons attack in Syria

Oxfam’s response to horrifying chemical gas attack in Syria: “Oxfam condemns the horrifying attacks in Idlib. The pictures of children being asphyxiated with chemicals are truly shocking and must prompt action. “These attacks are the latest example of the terrible suffering endured by the Syrian people in this terrible conflict and are the tragic result of the […]

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