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Oxfam applauds Labor’s commitment to lift Australian aid

Responding to commitments in the ALP National Platform that Labor will boost Australia’s overseas aid program by a percentage of gross national income (GNI) every year it is in government if successful at the next election, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Today’s commitment made at the Labor Party National Conference is the […]

Missed opportunity to rebuild aid budget in MYEFO

Responding to the Mid-year Economic Fiscal Outlook, in which there were no details on new aid commitments, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “This was a chance to rebuild the aid budget at a time when the world is grappling with not just extreme poverty and crippling inequality but a climate change emergency […]

Oxfam welcomes ALP promise of funding boost to humanitarian relief

Responding to the announcement that Labor would commit $30 million in urgent humanitarian relief funding to address the urgent humanitarian crisis affecting the Rohingya people, and towards the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcomes this commitment to these two pressing crises, but we know that the world is […]

Missing millions a sign of a broken system: Oxfam

Responding to the release of tax data today by the Australian Taxation Office, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The information published by the ATO today again exposes the unjust reality that one in three large companies paid not a single cent of tax in 2016-17. “So long as the Government refuses to […]

Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nations’ annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in […]

“Dear Kmart….

We all love a bargain…but the bargain shouldn’t be what she makes.” Iconic Australian department store Kmart is being urged to become a national leader in ensuring living wages for the workers who are trapped in a cycle of poverty by the pittance wages they are paid for making our clothes. Inspired by the What […]

Our reliance on coal is entrenching poverty around the world

In the midst of raging bushfires in Queensland, and in the wake of dire warnings from the world’s climate scientists on the perils of new coal, Adani has announced it will proceed with opening up the last major untapped coal resource in Australia by self-financing its Carmichael coalmine. From worsening fire seasons to the heartbreaking […]

Unfinished business for our nation’s First Peoples must be a top priority: Oxfam

Commenting on the final report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples tabled in Federal Parliament today, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government has a unique opportunity to act on important unfinished business for Australia’s First Peoples, and the nation as a whole, and this should not […]

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 […]

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