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Oxfam welcomes ACFID Review into sexual misconduct

Responding to today’s launch of the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID’s) independent review into prevention of sexual misconduct, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcome’s ACFID independent review into the prevention of sexual misconduct in the development sector.  It’s critical that we do everything we can to ensure that those with […]

Tax cuts for big business should be buried for good

Responding to reports that the Federal Government has deferred its plans for corporate tax cuts, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The proposed $65 billion hand-out to big business will only fuel a global race to the bottom on corporate tax rates and undermine attempts to tackle inequality and poverty, both in Australia […]

Oxfam International announces Zainab Bangura and Katherine Sierra to co-lead Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct

Zainab Bangura, a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, and Katherine Sierra, a former Vice-President of the World Bank, will co-chair an Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change, Oxfam International said today. The Independent Commission has been formed in response to incidents of sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff in countries including […]

Back to school: Aussie brands benefit while women paid poverty wages

The leading brands selling uniforms as Australian families prepare to get back to school are turning over billions of dollars each year, while the women working making the clothes are paid poverty wages and struggling to give their children the basics, Oxfam Australia said today. Oxfam Australia labour rights manager Joy Kyriacou said Kmart, Target, […]

Aussies tired of going overboard at Christmas: research

New Oxfam research has found that Australians dread the mass consumption associated with Christmas (facing the crowds at shopping centres and giving and receiving unnecessary gifts) and the majority would consider making changes to how they do Christmas if it would help the environment.

ATO data shows big companies still getting away with tax scandal: Oxfam

Responding to the release of data by the Australian Taxation Office, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The irrefutable need for the Federal Government to take tougher action on corporate tax avoidance has yet again been exposed by ATO data revealing that more than one in three large companies paid no tax at […]

Australia’s Humanitarian Agencies Warn of Impending Mental Health Crisis on Manus

A fact-finding mission representing Australian humanitarian agencies has warned of an impending mental health crisis on Manus Island in its report released today. In a report entitled Refugees on Manus: An Impending Mental Health Crisis the multi-agency mission outlined its findings from their mission to Papua New Guinea 21-27 November 2017, conducted under the auspices […]

Justice reform must be a national priority in wake of damning NT report: Oxfam

Responding to the final report of the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Royal Commission’s final report has laid bare a distressing case study which is part of a national crisis. “The commission’s inquiry has revealed ‘systemic and shocking’ failures in detention, care […]

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