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Australia in denial as world forges ahead on Paris Agreement

On the eve of the Paris Agreement entering into force tomorrow and governments heading to Morocco for the first crucial talks on its implementation, international aid agency Oxfam is calling on Australia to start living up to its responsibilities and face the reality of the immense risks in our region.

’Tis the season to shop ethically

Oxfam Australia is challenging the nation to make 2016 our most ethical Christmas yet by committing to purchase at least one ethically sourced item this festive season. Research shows that if one in four Aussies made one ethical Christmas purchase through Oxfam, Australia could raise more than $11.5 billion for the fight against poverty. That’s […]

Iraqis most likely to help a stranger, finds World Giving Index

In the past month, eight in 10 Iraqis have helped someone they don’t know, making them the people most likely to help a stranger. These findings were announced in the CAF World Giving Index 2016 overnight, and come as the offensive against ISIS in Mosul continues and civilians flee the fighting. The annual CAF World […]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Canberra for Straight Talk

Inspiring and passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from all walks of life and all over the country are heading to Canberra in two weeks for some Straight Talking with female politicians. More than 80 Indigenous women – from remote islands in the Torres Strait, to far-flung communities in the Northern Territory and Broome […]

Evidence of threats to civilians escaping from Mosul offensive

Fresh evidence of the threat facing civilians caught in the fight for Mosul emerged over the weekend as Oxfam called for genuine safe routes for families fleeing the conflict. People escaping the village of Hawd, 50km south of Mosul, told Oxfam that a high number of civilians were injured during the offensive to retake the […]

Super Typhoon Haima lashes Philippines, Oxfam on standby to respond

Typhoon Haima, known locally as Lawin, is currently hammering the northern Philippines, becoming the second category four typhoon to hit the country in a week. Bringing winds of 230 km/h, with gusts up to 260 km/h, the typhoon poses a risk to 2.78 million people in seven provinces within the 100-kilometre radius, according to the […]

Oxfam ready to respond to Super Typhoon Haima in Philippines

Oxfam is preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Haima as it heads for the northern Philippines, should assistance be requested. Known locally as Lawin, Super Typhoon Haima is predicted to make landfall in northern Luzon overnight and is packing devastating winds of up to 270 km/h. Oxfam Australia’s Associate Director of International Programs Anthea Spinks […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m of aid to support Mosul’s civilians

Oxfam welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in life-saving support for Mosul’s civilians, as fighting in the city intensifies. The humanitarian organisation further urges the Australian Government to do what it can to advocate for the protection for civilians fleeing fighting, as Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, supported by the Coalition, […]

Oxfam Australia’s Helen Szoke a finalist in Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke is among the 29 Victorian finalists in tonight’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards. The awards champion women from diverse industries dedicated to making a difference to the community and their respective areas. Dr Szoke is a human rights advocate who has worked for many years to stop race discrimination […]

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