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Be a Good Egg this Easter

Australian consumers are being encouraged to be “good eggs” this Easter by buying ethically sourced chocolate to drive up demand for Fairtrade products and improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Oxfam: No benefit in rewarding tax dodging multinationals

Responding to today’s reports that the Federal Government may consider cuts to the company tax rate, Oxfam Australia’s Finance for Development Manager Joy Kyriacou said: “Oxfam is alarmed by reports today that the Australian Government is considering cutting taxes for multinational companies, which are already at an advantage because they’re not paying their fair share […]

BHP takes responsibility for Brazil disaster

Responding to the announcement overnight that BHP Billiton, along with Samarco and Vale, has reached multi-billion dollar compensation agreement with the Brazilian Government, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcomes the announcement of this multi-billion dollar agreement between the Australian mining company BHP Billiton, its partners and the Brazilian Government.  Oxfam has […]

Fijians band together as Oxfam targets hot spots

Oxfam has ramped up its emergency response and is assisting more than 2,250 families from communities in desperate need of access to a safe water supply and toilets, following Tropical Cyclone Winston’s arrival in Fiji. Cyclone Winston left at least 43 people dead, whole communities destroyed, and 300 schools damaged or wiped out. More than 53,000 […]

Brazil mine disaster a lesson for the industry

Responding to ABC’s Four Corners program, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:

“Last night’s Four Corners program would have been eagerly watched by every Australian mining company CEO.

“It is a wake-up call to the industry. The vast majority of mine operations across the world have tailings dams and the most common type is similar to the one at the Samarco mine – at the centre of the disaster.”

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