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Poorest bear economic brunt of pandemic while billionaires’ fortunes boom: Oxfam

Australia’s 31 billionaires have seen their fortunes increase by nearly $85 billion since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Oxfam has revealed on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda meetings. Analysis shows that the staggering increase would be enough to give the 2.5 million poorest Australians a one-off payment of just […]

13.5 million people face starvation if US designation of Houthis blocks aid and food delivery

Thirteen and a half million people in Yemen will be pushed towards starvation by the United States designation of Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, as a terrorist organisation. The designation comes into effect today and will seriously affect vital food imports to the country and humanitarian assistance, Oxfam warned. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country […]

Oxfam warns of COVID-19 risks in camps following Indonesian earthquake

Oxfam has warned of the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in the over-crowded camps where people are sheltering following Friday’s earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia. At least 56 people are reported dead, more than 826 injured and more than 15,000 fled from their homes following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged and destroyed hundreds of […]

Terrorist designation puts innocent lives at risk in Yemen: Oxfam

In response to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul said: “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization is a counter-productive and dangerous policy that will put innocent lives at risk. […]

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning. Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation. Destructive winds of up […]

Oxfam congratulates Australian fashion brands on living wage milestone

Oxfam has congratulated Best & Less, Country Road, David Jones and Hanes (Bonds) on their progress towards ensuring payment of living wages to garment workers in their supply chains after the brands this week publicly committed to separate out – or ringfence – labour costs in price negotiations with their suppliers. In committing to this […]

New Oxfam figures show richest Australians create more emissions than all Pacific Islanders

The richest 5% of Australians – about 1.2 million people – are responsible for more carbon emissions annually than all 11 million citizens of Pacific Island countries combined, a new Oxfam analysis has revealed ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum climate meeting and UN Climate Ambition Summit. The analysis also found the energy consumption of […]

UN-backed rights needed for Indigenous communities: Oxfam

The Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia inquiry into the destruction of Juukan Gorge caves must go further in its final report by calling for the principle of free, prior and informed consent to be incorporated into state and Commonwealth heritage and native title laws, Oxfam Australia said today. Commenting on the release of the […]

Campaigners warn that 9 out of 10 people in poor countries are set to miss out on COVID-19 vaccine next year

Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today. By contrast, wealthier nations have bought up enough doses to vaccinate their […]

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