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Yemen being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of war: Oxfam

Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of key northern ports that is starving its people of food, fuel and medicine, Oxfam warned today. Around 90 per cent of Yemen’s food has to be imported, and since a Saudi-led coalition imposed a […]

Rohingya refugees say no return to Myanmar without equal rights: Oxfam report

Rohingya refugees interviewed by Oxfam in Bangladesh say they will not go back to Myanmar until their safety can be guaranteed and they have equal rights, including being able to work and travel freely, according to a report released today. The report, “I still don’t feel safe to go home”: Voices of Rohingya refugees, found […]

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 […]

Joint Statement: Immediate Ceasefire Needed – Yemeni Civilians Cannot Take Any More Suffering

International humanitarian agencies in Yemen are urgently calling on all warring parties for an immediate ceasefire in Sana’a. Escalating clashes between forces aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis are trapping civilian populations across Yemen’s governorates and exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian situation. The Yemeni population simply cannot take any more blows. […]

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 […]

Australian NGOs working with private sector to achieve sustainable development outcomes

Today, Mr Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade opened the fifth Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) Learning Forum. The theme for this year is ‘Partnering for Impact’ which explored how Australian NGOs are working with the private sector to achieve sustainable development outcomes. Oxfam Australia is one of the […]

Australia’s aid strategy needs overhaul in light of White Paper

Responding to the Australian Government’s release of its Foreign Policy White Paper today, Oxfam Australia’s Food, Climate and Humanitarian Policy Advisor Steph Cousins said Australia needed to overhaul its aid strategy if it wanted to meet the paper’s vision: “We’re pleased the White Paper sets out an ambitious and confident foreign policy agenda that includes […]

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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