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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 […]

Fear and violence could undermine efforts to contain Ebola in DR Congo

New cases of Ebola found in urban areas over the past few days show the latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not yet under control and the next few weeks will be critical to containing the virus. Despite a strong response, not enough is being done to help communities overcome understandable […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Race to prevent disease as thousands more Rohingya arrive daily in Bangladesh – Oxfam

Aid workers are in a race against time to stop the rapid spread of disease as thousands of Rohingya people arrive in Bangladesh every day. Oxfam warned that an outbreak of cholera would devastate the camps where hundreds of thousands of people are without safe water, shelter or enough food to eat. More than 50,000 […]

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas without shelter & clean water in flooded camps – Oxfam

At least 70 per cent of the more than 480,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh do not have adequate shelter and half have no safe drinking water, Oxfam warned today. Heavy rains and floods in the camps have left people facing extreme hardship, slowed down the building of emergency shelters and clean water […]

Ferocious Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean, Oxfam responding

As the scale of devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean becomes apparent today, Oxfam staff in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are preparing to do assessments and respond to people’s needs. Oxfam’s Tania Escamilla, in Cap Haitien – Haiti’s second biggest city, population 280,000 – with Oxfam’s team, said the organisation worked […]

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