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Modern Slavery laws pass Senate, need urgent priority in the House: Oxfam

Commenting on amendments to the Modern Slavery Bill passed by the Senate this evening, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The changes to the Modern Slavery Bill passed by the Senate this evening would see Australia take a meaningful step in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, which is estimated to affect […]

Developing countries are putting Australia to shame on refugees

Today, the signatures of about 170,000 concerned Australians from across the country will be handed over at Parliament House, calling for the Government to get all refugee children off Nauru. The Kids Off Nauru campaign has mobilised people in support of getting children off the tiny island country and raised awareness of the fact the […]

Dr Helen Szoke’s leadership acknowledged by the Australian Institute of International Affairs

Responding to the announcement that she has been honoured as a 2018 Fellow of Australia’s foreign policy think tank, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke AO said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by the Institute. These awards not only acknowledge my contribution to the international development […]

Oxfam Australia welcomes independent review into prevention of sexual misconduct

Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke welcomed the review, commissioned by the Australian Council for International Development and carried out by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. “Oxfam Australia welcomes this independent report that provides all Australian international development NGOs with ways in which we can better tackle the issue of sexual misconduct, as we […]

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 […]

Oxfam responds to Government’s $3bn Pacific funding boost

Responding to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a $3 billion infrastructure funding boost in the Pacific region, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “While we welcome the Government’s renewed focus on our Pacific neighbours, this announced funding package shouldn’t come at a cost to other vulnerable communities around the world who rely […]

A show of strength: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Straight Talk

More than 70 strong, proud and purposeful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from throughout the country will head to Canberra to share their stories and sit down with women from all sides of politics at Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit later this month. Held from Sunday 26 November to Thursday 29 November, the […]

Oxfam comment on Rohingya Refugee Returns announcement

Commenting on reports today that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar will begin in mid-November, Oxfam’s head of regional advocacy for the Rohingya crisis, Rachael Reilly said from Yangon, Myanmar: “It is deeply concerning that Rohingya people may be sent back to Myanmar to face the same persecution they fled. “Refugees in […]

One month on after Indonesia tsunami and quake: concerns as monsoon threatens

As the one-month anniversary of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami approaches (Sunday 28 October), international aid agency Oxfam is warning of a heightened risk of disease and landslides due to the monsoon season. More than 2000 people died as a result of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island on 28 September, […]

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