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Oxfam welcomes support for PNG, but more needed

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s renewed focus on and support for our neighbours in Papua New Guinea, who are now facing a rapidly escalating crisis. “While the PPE and vaccines provided will help Papua New Guinea to respond to this outbreak, the needs on the ground vastly outweigh […]

Charities urge global ambassadors to reject Mathias Cormann’s OECD bid

Some of Australia’s biggest humanitarian and environmental organisations have called on diplomats and leaders around the world to reject Mathias Cormann’s bid for Secretary-General of the OECD in a joint letter released today. The letter, signed by the heads of major Australian and international charities is addressed to the head of the search committee and […]

Oxfam Australia data incident: update

Following an independent IT forensic investigation, Oxfam Australia announced today that it has found that supporters’ information on one of its databases was unlawfully accessed by an external party on 20 January 2021. The database includes information about supporters who may have signed a petition, taken part in a campaign or made donations or purchases […]

Poorest bear economic brunt of pandemic while billionaires’ fortunes boom: Oxfam

Australia’s 31 billionaires have seen their fortunes increase by nearly $85 billion since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Oxfam has revealed on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda meetings. Analysis shows that the staggering increase would be enough to give the 2.5 million poorest Australians a one-off payment of just […]

Oxfam warns of COVID-19 risks in camps following Indonesian earthquake

Oxfam has warned of the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in the over-crowded camps where people are sheltering following Friday’s earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia. At least 56 people are reported dead, more than 826 injured and more than 15,000 fled from their homes following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged and destroyed hundreds of […]

Terrorist designation puts innocent lives at risk in Yemen: Oxfam

In response to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul said: “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization is a counter-productive and dangerous policy that will put innocent lives at risk. […]

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning. Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation. Destructive winds of up […]

Oxfam congratulates Australian fashion brands on living wage milestone

Oxfam has congratulated Best & Less, Country Road, David Jones and Hanes (Bonds) on their progress towards ensuring payment of living wages to garment workers in their supply chains after the brands this week publicly committed to separate out – or ringfence – labour costs in price negotiations with their suppliers. In committing to this […]

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