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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Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation.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 […]

Almost the population of Australia forced from homes annually by extreme weather – Oxfam

An average of 21.8 million people were forced from their homes each year between 2008 and 2016 by extreme weather disasters around the world – almost the population of Australia, according to Oxfam. In the report “Uprooted by Climate Change,” published today, Oxfam illustrates the ruthless injustice of climate change. People in low and lower-middle […]

New energy policy will push more people into poverty: Oxfam

Responding to reports that the Federal Government will scrap plans for a clean energy target, Oxfam Climate Change Adviser Dr Simon Bradshaw said: “Against the backdrop of devastating hurricanes, severe drought across East Africa and determined leadership from our Pacific Island neighbours, the Federal Government is poised to walk even further away from meaningful action […]

Climate change a grave and confronting threat to Torres Strait Islanders

Climate change is posing a grave threat to islands in Australia’s remote Torres Strait, underscoring urgent calls for Australia to do more to end its climate pollution, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said. Dr Szoke, who recently returned from visiting the Torres Strait, said the islands were made up of strong, flourishing communities, but […]

Oxfam welcomes launch of Australian Humanitarian Partnership

Oxfam welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Government’s long-term funding commitment. At the launch event, held at the Australian Aid warehouse in Brisbane, Minister Bishop announced a five-year $50 million commitment to support humanitarian efforts through six trusted Australian humanitarian organisations and partners, including Oxfam. […]

Oxfam poised to help after deadly landslides in Colombia

Responding to reports that more than 200 people are dead and a similar number missing a result of the mudslides in Colombia on the weekend, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Support Unit Manger Meg Quartermaine said: “Flooding and mudslides in the town of Mocca, the result of heavy rains in Colombia’s Putumayo region, have killed more than […]

Never has a vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world been needed more

With famine declared in South Sudan and the UN warning of looming famines across Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, the devastating ongoing war in Syria and the effects of climate change being felt in Australia and the Pacific, an Australian vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world is more important than ever. In its […]

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