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Aid and human rights agencies condemn slow pace on 12,000 refugees promise

The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017. It’s a year today since the Government made the pledge to grant an additional 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis a permanent visa in response to an […]

Australia must follow UK and make country-by-country tax reporting public

Australia must put tough talk into action and follow the United Kingdom’s move to force multinational corporations dodging billions of dollars in taxes to publish country-by-country financial reports, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said the Conservative Government in the UK had last night accepted an amendment to legislation […]

MEDIA COMMENT: ATO ‘week of action’ welcome but more work needed to lift veil of tax secrecy

Responding to the Australian Tax Office Commissioner statement regarding a ‘week of action’ following the Panama Papers leaks, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:
“Oxfam welcomes the strong and swift action by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on multinational tax avoidance, though more needs to be done by the Government on tax transparency.

Unmet and underfunded – report finds Australia failing Pacific on climate

Australia is lagging behind other developed nations and has failed to increase its contributions to international climate finance as our neighbours in the Pacific face a fight for survival, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Releasing independent research into the adequacy and effectiveness of climate finance, Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said Australia could […]

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 […]

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