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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 […]

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,” […]

Yemen fighting near Hudaydah port threatens to cut lifeline to millions

Escalation of fighting around Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people who are already one step away from famine, international agency Oxfam warned today. Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, Muhsin Siddiquey said the fighting had already forced hundreds of families to flee their homes. “Yemen is already […]

Urgent action needed to prevent famine in South Sudan – Oxfam

Oxfam today called for urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan. The warning follows a report last week from the Famine Early Warning Network (FEWSNET) which found that one in five households in the eastern town of Pibor could already be classed as hitting famine levels of hunger. […]

The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

Oxfam welcomes extra $15 million for Rohingya refugee crisis

Commenting on reports over the weekend that the Australian Government would provide an extra $15 million in funding for the Rohingya refugee crisis, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the commitment of additional humanitarian funding from our Federal Government as the Rohingya refugee camps prepare for the monsoon season. “While we […]

Oxfam calls for political leadership on aid

Responding to remarks made overnight in London by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific that “it could be politically difficult to increase aid spending” because of a perceived lack of public support, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam is alarmed by claims made overnight by Minister for International Development and the […]

Australian aid changes lives but falls further behind other wealthy nations

Responding to reports that Australia has, for the third year in a row, fallen in the global aid rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The OECD’s newly released rankings have seen Australia fall again, this time from 17 to 19 out of the 29 […]

Oxfam calls for Electoral Matters Bill to be scrapped

Responding to the report published today by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Oxfam Australia Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Along with many major Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation. “Despite the […]

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