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Oxfam responds in aftermath of deadly Sri Lanka flooding

Oxfam has mobilised assistance in the aftermath of the flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka that have killed at least a reported 122 people and displaced almost 500,000. Flooding and mudslides in the south and western districts of Sri Lanka were triggered by monsoon rains. Oxfam’s country director in Sri Lanka Bojan Kolundzija said Oxfam […]

More coal mines equal more poverty: Oxfam

New coal mines in Australia must be banned – starting with the contentious Adani proposal – as part of a genuine effort to tackle poverty, combat climate change and secure energy for all, Oxfam Australia said today. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said a new report, More Coal Equals More Poverty, highlighted the […]

Labor’s new tax policy shines light on hidden billions

Australia would become a world leader on tackling the tax dodging by multinationals that is robbing Australia and developing countries of billions of dollars that could be used to fight poverty under a Labor promise unveiled tonight, Oxfam Australia said. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said an announcement in tonight’s Budget Reply that a […]

Budget delivers only piecemeal measures for Australia’s First Peoples

Responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “At a time when Australia’s First Peoples live 10–17 fewer years than other Australians, and babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the national rate, this Budget really needed to act on the dire state of Indigenous health. […]

Federal Budget fails on fairness

After desperately gouging the aid budget to bring it to its lowest ever level in previous years, the Government has dealt aid another blow by reneging on its promise to keep spending in line with inflation, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “The Government has refused to lift aid funding out of historically low levels, while at […]

Further aid cuts would turn Australia’s back on the world’s poorest

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister is today planning to further gouge the Australian aid budget by more than $450 million, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Government must not desperately dip into Australia’s already depleted aid budget. “At a time when the world faces multiple humanitarian crises, and after already […]

Relief efforts in famine-declared South Sudan at risk

Rains in South Sudan will soon make relief efforts impossible, putting at risk the lives of millions of people, Oxfam Australia warned today. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke, currently in South Sudan, said that it had been a race against time to save lives since famine was declared in two areas of the […]

Tax promises offer progress on big companies avoiding their fair share

Responding to today’s announcement that a Labor Government would tighten loopholes exploited by multinational companies to avoid paying tax, Oxfam Australia’s tax policy advisor Joy Kyriacou said: “Tightening a range of tax loopholes would be a very welcome move. “Today’s policy announcement by Federal Labor would see loopholes closed across a range of important areas, including […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m funding for Yemen

Oxfam Australia welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in funds to deliver life-saving assistance to people in poverty facing starvation and conflict in Yemen. The announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is the first direct funding that Australia has provided to the Yemen crisis since the escalation of conflict in March […]

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