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High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring

Oxfam is closely monitoring after a cyclone warning was issued for Vanuatu, as numerous provinces brace for damaging gale force winds and flooding. Oxfam Vanuatu Country Director Elizabeth Faerua said the latest forecast warned there was a high risk the tropical low would develop into a cyclone within the next 12 hours. Ms Faerua said […]

Oxfam response to chemical weapons attack in Syria

Oxfam’s response to horrifying chemical gas attack in Syria: “Oxfam condemns the horrifying attacks in Idlib. The pictures of children being asphyxiated with chemicals are truly shocking and must prompt action. “These attacks are the latest example of the terrible suffering endured by the Syrian people in this terrible conflict and are the tragic result of the […]

Oxfam poised to help after deadly landslides in Colombia

Responding to reports that more than 200 people are dead and a similar number missing a result of the mudslides in Colombia on the weekend, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Support Unit Manger Meg Quartermaine said: “Flooding and mudslides in the town of Mocca, the result of heavy rains in Colombia’s Putumayo region, have killed more than […]

Oxfam calls for national action after report exposes NT’s justice system failings.

Responding to interim report of the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Royal Commission’s interim report documents a litany of evidence which has exposed the appalling mistreatment of children – most of them young Aboriginal people – in custody. “The report is a […]

Five millionth refugee: a quarter of Syria’s population have fled across the borders

After six years of brutal conflict the five millionth Syrian refugee fled their country overnight to seek safety – the total now equivalent to a quarter of the country’s pre-war population. Oxfam and three Syrian organisations have called on the international community to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee. Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr […]

Tax changes must be first step in crack down on multinational tax dodging

Commenting in response to the Diverted Profits Tax legislation passed by Federal Parliament last night, Oxfam Australia spokeswoman Joy Kyriacou said: “The passing of the new Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) overnight is a welcome sign of clear action from the Government to crack down on multinational tax avoidance. “Oxfam estimates that each year, ‘offshoring’ of […]

Millions in Yemen knowingly pushed to the brink of famine – Oxfam

Fighters in the Yemen war and their international backers are wilfully pushing the country to the brink of famine, Oxfam warned today, on the two year anniversary of the escalation of the war (26 March). Nearly 7 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation and 70 per cent of the population is […]

Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement success leaves room for expansion – Oxfam

Responding to reports that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled under the additional intake, Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Nicole Bieske said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled […]

Record number of new billionaires a sign of extreme inequality, Oxfam says

Responding to reports that the 2017 Forbes’ billionaires list reveals a record 233 new billionaires, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Once again we are seeing another shocking statistic emerge, highlighting inequality occurring on a scale the likes of which we’ve not seen before. “Earlier this year Oxfam revealed just […]

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