NEWS

Impact of extreme weather must be front of mind for Prime Minister’s emissions taskforce

26 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam will urge the Abbott Government’s special emissions taskforce to agree an emissions target that will help reduce the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest people, who are already bearing the brunt of greater droughts, floods, hunger and disease. The Prime Minister’s taskforce will begin asking for advice this week on how far […]

Legal services cuts will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

25 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam Australia is one of 26 organisations that have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey, Attorney-General George Brandis and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, urging them to reverse the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio. These services include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its […]

Innovatively Low? Talk of more aid cuts undermines launch of new aid innovation hub

23 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Today’s launch by Julie Bishop of an innovation focus for the Australian Aid program has been undermined by leaks suggesting more cuts to the aid budget. Oxfam Public Engagement Director Pam Anders said innovation was indeed vital to overcome the challenges that stood in the way of a fairer, more prosperous and more secure region […]

International governments fail on strong disaster risk reduction agreement

19 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Despite an impassioned plea from the President of Vanuatu at the Disaster Risk Reduction world conference in Japan earlier this week, international governments  last night adopted a framework that is not up to the task of dealing with the increasing risk of disasters to the world’s poor. Among the agreement’s shortcomings is the failure to agree concrete […]

Aid to begin reaching Vanuatu’s devastated outer islands today as food shortages loom

18 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Aid should today begin to reach the hard hit southern Vanuatu islands of Tanna and Erromango, which both took the full force of the 250kmh Cyclone Pam, after rapid assessments of the islands showed absolute devastation with entire villages destroyed. The rapid assessments of Vanuatu’s outer islands carried out yesterday reported that many villages on […]

Assessment teams reach Tanna and Erromango islands in Vanuatu

17 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Two rapid assessment teams have arrived in the two small southern Vanuatu islands hit hardest by Cyclone Pam to rapidly assess exactly what survivors of the disaster need. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collett van Rooyen, said one team was now in Tanna and another team was in Erromango with both due back to Port […]

Grave fears for Vanuatu’s outer islands

17 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

As the death toll from Cyclone Pam begins to rise reports are now coming out of the small southern Vanuatu island of Tanna that there is almost no food or clean water and very little medical assistance for the 30,000 people who live there. Tanna, which took the full force of the 250kmh Cyclone Pam, […]

Disease the second emergency for Vanuatu without clean water

16 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Vanuatu could face a second emergency with waterborne disease a real risk if the need for clean water, sanitation and hygiene is not met, Oxfam said today. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collett van Rooyen, said a lack of enough clean water, temporary toilets, water purification tablets and hygiene kits needed to be […]

Scale of Humanitarian Crisis in Vanuatu becoming clearer

16 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

More Oxfam Humanitarian Emergency responders are flying to Vanuatu this morning on an Australian Government plane, as the unconfirmed death toll in the small archipelago begins to climb and worse than worst case scenario unfolds. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collet van Rooyen, said the situation in Vanuatu was increasingly grim. “There are more than 100,000 […]

Hospital, morgue and schools all damaged by Cyclone Pam as help begins to arrive

15 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam’s 10 person team in Vanuatu is reporting damage to major infrastructure like the hospital, the morgue and schools as the picture of complete devastation in Vanuatu now begins to unfold. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collet van Rooyen, said the damage to things as important as the morgue, the hospital and schools could create major […]