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Opinion – Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, 13 May: Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta woman and the National Manager of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program. In this election campaign, the major parties have together pledged more than $100 billion in new spending commitments, […]

The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters

First published in RendezView on Thursday, 9 May: The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters Dr Helen Szoke is Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive. While the Australian Government attempts to defend its indefensibly weak emissions targets, Mozambique is coming to terms with the devastation caused by an unprecedented two deadly cyclones in less than […]

Budget blind to dual crises of inequality and climate change

This year’s inward-looking Federal Budget does little to tackle growing inequality in Australia or the world, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “This is an extremely disappointing Budget.  There’s been no improvement in Australia’s policies to tackle climate change, we’ve seen a continuation of cuts to Australian aid, and aid funds are being diverted from Asia to […]

Three civilians killed every day in Yemen despite Stockholm agreements

Three civilians are being killed every day in Yemen – that is one person every eight hours – despite agreements reached between the internationally recognised government and the Houthis at talks in Sweden just over three months ago. In December last year the two parties to the conflict in Yemen agreed a ceasefire for the […]

Oxfam welcomes Labor’s vision on aid

Responding to last night’s announcement that a Labor Government would boost aid funding to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), and focus on key areas including human rights, climate change, resilience and gender, Oxfam Australia Director of Public Engagement Pam Anders said: “Oxfam welcomes Labor’s leadership and vision on Australian aid […]

Yemen crisis forces families to take desperate measures to survive

Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government to commit further humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Yemen when countries meet today in Geneva, as it’s been revealed conflict, rising food prices and plummeting incomes are forcing people to resort to desperate measures to stave off hunger. Since the escalation in conflict in 2015, food prices […]

Oxfam disappointed with limited focus of Closing the Gap report

Responding to the launch of the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report this morning, Oxfam Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “We are disappointed that the Prime Minister has limited his response to the Closing the Gap agenda by outlining new initiatives in only the area of education. […]

Oxfam congratulates Chair of the Board on Member of Order of Australia award

Oxfam Australia extends its heartfelt congratulations to Chair of the Board Dennis Goldner after his outstanding service to the community was recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award in today’s Honours List. The pre-eminent award commends Mr Goldner for “significant service to the community through charitable, health and cultural organisations.” Oxfam […]

Oxfam welcomes significant changes to Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill

Responding to reports that amendments to the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill have passed the Senate, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam welcomes the significant changes that have been made to this Bill in order to protect the freedom of organisations like ours to speak out on important […]

Oxfam calls for urgent action to get Kids Off Nauru

Responding to reports that proposed legislation would allow children and families detained on Nauru to be transferred to New Zealand, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the news 11 children were removed from Nauru earlier this week, and welcomes the attention from politicians on the remaining children […]

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