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Westpac’s closure of vital lifeline could be catastrophic for Somalia – Oxfam

Westpac Bank’s decision to end remittances to Somalia could see vulnerable Somalis struggle even more to access basic necessities like food, water and shelter, according to Oxfam. Westpac has confirmed that all banking services to remittance companies will close on 31 March, citing increasing risk concerns and tightening interpretation of international and domestic regulations. Westpac is the only major Australian […]

Fundraising Buzz around Oxfam Vanuatu Appeal

Australians continue to find innovative ways to raise donations to help the people of Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Cyclone Pam but one fundraising effort is currently creating a real buzz. Inventors of crowdfunding success story Flow™ Hive, are raffling off the very first of their revolutionary new beehives to come off the production […]

Impact of extreme weather must be front of mind for Prime Minister’s emissions taskforce

Oxfam will urge the Abbott Government’s special emissions taskforce to agree an emissions target that will help reduce the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest people, who are already bearing the brunt of greater droughts, floods, hunger and disease. The Prime Minister’s taskforce will begin asking for advice this week on how far […]

Legal services cuts will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

Oxfam Australia is one of 26 organisations that have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey, Attorney-General George Brandis and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, urging them to reverse the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio. These services include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its […]

Innovatively Low? Talk of more aid cuts undermines launch of new aid innovation hub

Today’s launch by Julie Bishop of an innovation focus for the Australian Aid program has been undermined by leaks suggesting more cuts to the aid budget. Oxfam Public Engagement Director Pam Anders said innovation was indeed vital to overcome the challenges that stood in the way of a fairer, more prosperous and more secure region […]

Close the Gap leaders urge Government to listen to the people

More than 150,000 Australians will declare their support today for ending health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians, with a record number of schools, community groups, health services, businesses and government offices hosting over 1,548 events around the country to mark National Close the Gap Day. Locations for National Close the […]

International governments fail on strong disaster risk reduction agreement

Despite an impassioned plea from the President of Vanuatu at the Disaster Risk Reduction world conference in Japan earlier this week, international governments  last night adopted a framework that is not up to the task of dealing with the increasing risk of disasters to the world’s poor. Among the agreement’s shortcomings is the failure to agree concrete […]

Record numbers register in support of National Close the Gap Day

The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day. Community groups, health services, schools, businesses, government offices and individuals around Australia are registering online […]

Cyclone Pam intensifies into category five storm off Vanuatu

Oxfam is ready to respond to Cyclone Pam after the storm was upgraded to a Super Typhoon overnight, triggering evacuations to emergency shelters across Vanuatu’s southern provinces. Forecasts predict the storm will pass close to Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, the city recently named as the most exposed to natural disasters in the world.

Syrian plight unimaginable in Australia

Imagine if the populations of Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were deprived of basic necessities like water, food, and sanitation for years. For most it is a situation impossible to imagine, but that is the reality of the 12 million people caught up in the deadly Syria conflict.

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