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MEDIA COMMENT: Don’t post your coffee pods, buy Oxfam’s biodegradable Fairtrade product instead

Responding to reports that Nespresso® enlisted Australia Post to enable people to recycle their aluminium coffee pods via the mail, Oxfam Australia General Manager Julia Sumner said: “We encourage consumers to think about the excessive cost and negative environmental impacts of buying aluminium coffee pods which cannot be recycled using a curb-side recycling program but […]

A refugee or migrant has died every 80 minutes in wake of Alan Kurdi’s death

Since the start of 2016 a refugee or migrant has died almost every 80 minutes while trying to reach another country, international aid agency Oxfam said today. This is despite the public outcry over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean a year ago today, on 2 September 2015. Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Advocacy Lead […]

Apple ruling a lesson for Australia on how to clean up murky corporate tax practices

Responding to reports the European Commission has ordered US tech giant Apple to repay a record 13 billion euros (AU$19.73 billion) in back taxes after ruling a series of Irish tax deals were illegal, Oxfam’s Fair Economies Advocacy Manager Joy Kyriacou said:
“This ruling by the European Commission shows how much the public lose out when big companies do the wrong thing and governments don’t step in and stop them.

Australian multinationals are the real “taxed-nots”: Oxfam

Responding to reports in The Australian newspaper today that the Treasurer has labelled some of the poorest people in Australia as the nation’s “taxed-nots”, Oxfam chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “It is alarming that the Australian Government plans to demonise the country’s poor as the ‘taxed-nots’, when one in three large companies reported on […]

Government must commit to timeline to resettle 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Oxfam Australia is calling for the Australian Government to commit to a time frame for the resettlement of the agreed 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Chief Executive Helen Szoke said it’s been almost a year since the Government committed to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Australia. “The announcement was made last September and […]

Australia must triple its humanitarian intake for migration crisis

Australia must triple its annual humanitarian intake within five years in the face of the unprecedented number of men, women and children forced to flee their homes, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Oxfam Chief Executive Helen Szoke said Australia was the 12th richest nation on earth, yet hosted a shameful 0.2 per cent of […]

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