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Budget lacks hope for Australia’s First Peoples: Oxfam

Commenting on the 2018 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The lack of significant funding commitments in this Budget to address the worsening health and unacceptable disadvantage, poverty and discrimination faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is deeply concerning. “In a Budget that claims to deliver for the battlers, […]

Beleaguered aid budget faces yet another cut in tonight’s Budget: Oxfam

Tonight’s Budget confirms the Federal Government’s continued gouging of the aid budget, an action at odds with the vision it holds for a peaceful and prosperous region, Oxfam Australia said tonight. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said the Federal Budget had kept the aid budget roughly in line with inflation at $4 billion, equating […]

Oxfam welcomes extra $15 million for Rohingya refugee crisis

Commenting on reports over the weekend that the Australian Government would provide an extra $15 million in funding for the Rohingya refugee crisis, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the commitment of additional humanitarian funding from our Federal Government as the Rohingya refugee camps prepare for the monsoon season. “While we […]

Aussie fashion’s safety shame

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, leading Australian clothing brands that have stubbornly and shamefully refused to sign a critical safety accord are being urged to live up to their responsibilities. Thirteen prominent Australian organisations have united to call on Australian brands that are lagging behind the […]

Oxfam calls for political leadership on aid

Responding to remarks made overnight in London by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific that “it could be politically difficult to increase aid spending” because of a perceived lack of public support, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam is alarmed by claims made overnight by Minister for International Development and the […]

Australian aid changes lives but falls further behind other wealthy nations

Responding to reports that Australia has, for the third year in a row, fallen in the global aid rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The OECD’s newly released rankings have seen Australia fall again, this time from 17 to 19 out of the 29 […]

Oxfam calls for Electoral Matters Bill to be scrapped

Responding to the report published today by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Oxfam Australia Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Along with many major Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation. “Despite the […]

Congo crisis: time for Australia to act

Five leading Australian humanitarian agencies are warning that an urgent funding boost is needed to avert a dire outcome for 13 million people who need humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Care, and ActionAid are urging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment at the […]

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