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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 […]

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 […]

Oxfam welcomes support for self-determination for First Peoples

The latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report shows support for self-determination and community-based organisations is the way forward to address the systemic barriers faced by First Peoples, Oxfam Australia said today. The Productivity Commission’s eighth report, which examines progress against 52 indicators, identified some areas of progress, but systemic problems remain in the high rates of […]

Poor business dealings of big fashion brands driving poverty wages: Oxfam

The business practices of big Australian fashion brands are part of a system of entrenched inequality that has been laid bare by the coronavirus crisis and is keeping the women who make our clothes trapped by poverty wages, ground-breaking research released by Oxfam today has revealed. The report, Shopping for a Bargain, has exposed a […]

Oxfam welcomes increase to international COVID support, calls for permanent change

Commenting on tonight’s Federal Budget and its impact on aid, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the additional $304.7 million committed in this year’s Federal Budget to support our neighbours in the Pacific and Timor Leste to respond to the unprecedented global coronavirus crisis. “It is heartening to see the Government’s recognition […]

Rich nations have bought more than half the future supply of COVID-19 vaccines from leading contenders

Wealthy nations representing just 13 percent of the world’s population – including Australia – have already cornered more than half the promised doses of leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Oxfam warned today as health and finance ministers of G20 countries meet to discuss the global pandemic. Oxfam analysed the deals that pharmaceutical corporations and vaccine producers […]

Celebrities, health workers, everyday Aussies stand in solidarity with vulnerable nations tackling COVID-19 on day Government announces free vaccine for Australians

Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have joined with church leaders, businesses and health organisations in their mission to ‘End COVID For All’. With news this morning that the Government ​has an agreement to secure vaccines for Australians, aid organisations leading the charge on the ‘End COVID For All’ campaign said it was encouraging to hear the […]

Closing the Gap needs investment and reforms

Commenting on the release today of new Closing the Gap targets to improve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam Australia urges all Australian governments to back up their support for the new Closing the Gap targets with investment and law reform to tackle the stark […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

COP26 conference postponement should not delay urgent climate action

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit is being pushed back to November 2021 – a year after it was originally scheduled – Oxfam Australia Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world. […]

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