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Modern Slavery Bill lacking: Oxfam

Providing strong and effective protection against modern slavery requires crucial amendments to proposed laws to be introduced in Federal Parliament, Oxfam Australia said today. Oxfam Australia’s Economic Policy Adviser Joy Kyriacou said the Modern Slavery Bill was an important step in the right direction, but lacked critical elements that would make sure Australian businesses could […]

Oxfam welcomes suggested amendments to Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Responding to the report released today by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security that suggests amending to the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) Bill to exempt the work of Australian charities, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the Committee’s recommendation that the FITS Bill be […]

Senate must not pass large company tax cuts: Oxfam

Commenting on the push to have large company tax cuts pass through the Senate this week, Oxfam Australia’s economic policy advisor Joy Kyriacou said: “The proposed $65 billion hand-out for big business would make Australia the latest country to join the global race to the bottom on corporate tax rates. “Slashing the corporate tax rate […]

Bunch of legends celebrate as Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane over for another year

The annual Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane event has drawn to a close, with about 240 teams taking on the 2018 challenge collectively raising more than $690,000 for Oxfam’s work tackling global poverty. Oxfam Trailwalker is a fundraising endurance challenge where teams of four walk or run 100km in 48 hours or less, or 55km in 24 […]

Teams set to kick goals and tackle poverty at Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2018

More than 1,000 Queensland walkers are all set to take their first steps in the annual Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2018, Australia’s largest charity fundraiser walk, which raises money to help alleviate poverty. About 250 teams of four have committed to completing the 2018 event, with about 140 teams in the 100km, 48-hour event departing in […]

Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue – Oxfam

The monsoon rains falling on the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, have caused over 130 landslides, damaged 3,300 shelters and affected 28,000 refugees, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely […]

Oxfam voices serious concerns on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Appearing today before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security supplementary public consultation on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, Oxfam Australia’s Public Policy and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ball said: “Advocating to the Government and public is an important part of Oxfam’s work in empowering communities and tackling poverty, and without significant amendments we […]

Oxfam provides desperately needed food in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak

Oxfam has started to provide desperately needed food to thousands of people caught up in the Ebola outbreak in Equateur province. Oxfam is distributing rice, beans and flour, to about 4,525 people. It has already started in Mbandaka – the provincial capital – and plans to extend to rural communities. This is in addition providing […]

Worst fears confirmed for Yemen as violence grips Hodeida: Oxfam

The UN and NGOs received warnings over the weekend for staff to evacuate the vital port of Hodeida by today, Tuesday 12 June, affirming the humanitarian community’s worst fears for Yemen. The UN peace envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has previously said that this attack would “take peace off the table in a single stroke,” […]

Ongoing volcanic activity in Guatemala sees 12,000 people evacuated, Oxfam providing aid

More than 12,000 people have evacuated from their homes as Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano continues to spew out fresh torrents of lava and rocks, thick ash and blazing hot gas clouds. The official death toll stands at 99, but at least 197 people remain unaccounted for. Ana María Méndez, Oxfam in Guatemala’s Country Director, said: “Volcán […]

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