Tag: Helen Szoke

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 […]

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 and partners assessing damage after earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

HELP SAVE LIVES. DONATE NOW. Oxfam and its local partners in Indonesia are assessing damage after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit coastal towns in the country’s central island of Sulawesi late Friday night Australian time. The huge and shallow 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the coastal town of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi, with […]

Teams set to kick goals and tackle poverty at Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2018

More than 1,000 Queensland walkers are all set to take their first steps in the annual Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane 2018, Australia’s largest charity fundraiser walk, which raises money to help alleviate poverty. About 250 teams of four have committed to completing the 2018 event, with about 140 teams in the 100km, 48-hour event departing in […]

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 […]

Tax cuts for big business should be buried for good

Responding to reports that the Federal Government has deferred its plans for corporate tax cuts, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The proposed $65 billion hand-out to big business will only fuel a global race to the bottom on corporate tax rates and undermine attempts to tackle inequality and poverty, both in Australia […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oxfam shocked by GetUp footage of horrific living conditions on Manus Island

Oxfam is shocked by the footage released by GetUp this morning of the horrific conditions inside the closed immigration detention centre on Manus Island. The release of the footage comes on the back of a scathing new report released last night by the UN Human Rights Committee, calling on the Australian Government to evacuate the […]

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