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Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation.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

Australia’s aid strategy needs overhaul in light of White Paper

Responding to the Australian Government’s release of its Foreign Policy White Paper today, Oxfam Australia’s Food, Climate and Humanitarian Policy Advisor Steph Cousins said Australia needed to overhaul its aid strategy if it wanted to meet the paper’s vision: “We’re pleased the White Paper sets out an ambitious and confident foreign policy agenda that includes […]

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 […]

Cholera in Yemen killing one person nearly every hour

Yemen is in the grip of a runaway cholera epidemic that is killing one person nearly every hour and if not contained will threaten the lives of thousands of people in the coming months, Oxfam said today. The humanitarian organisation is calling for a massive aid effort and an immediate ceasefire to allow health and […]

Further aid cuts would turn Australia’s back on the world’s poorest

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister is today planning to further gouge the Australian aid budget by more than $450 million, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Government must not desperately dip into Australia’s already depleted aid budget. “At a time when the world faces multiple humanitarian crises, and after already […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m funding for Yemen

Oxfam Australia welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in funds to deliver life-saving assistance to people in poverty facing starvation and conflict in Yemen. The announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is the first direct funding that Australia has provided to the Yemen crisis since the escalation of conflict in March […]

Australia falls to 17 in OECD aid rankings

Responding to reports that Australia has once again fallen in the global aid rankings released annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government’s funding cuts have seen aid fall to its lowest levels in our country’s history in relation to our economy. […]

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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