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Closing the Gap needs investment and reforms

Commenting on the release today of new Closing the Gap targets to improve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam Australia urges all Australian governments to back up their support for the new Closing the Gap targets with investment and law reform to tackle the stark […]

More people could die daily from COVID-19 linked hunger than the virus itself: Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that hunger linked to COVID-19 could kill as many as 12,000 people a day by the end of the year, potentially claiming more lives each day than the disease itself. The shocking forecast is published today in a new briefing, The Hunger Virus, which noted the global daily COVID-19 death toll reached […]

Oxfam urges Government to condemn Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank

Oxfam Australia is urging the Federal Government to take a strong stand against Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank, with plans to push ahead with the proposal scheduled to begin today. The call comes amid growing concerns of an escalation of tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the middle of […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

Women shouldering unpaid care burden amid coronavirus crisis – Oxfam survey

Forty-three percent of women interviewed in a five-country survey reported feeling more anxious, depressed, isolated, overworked or ill because they are having to shoulder even more unpaid care work as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Oxfam said today. The poll shows that while men have also taken on more care work during the pandemic, […]

COP26 conference postponement should not delay urgent climate action

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit is being pushed back to November 2021 – a year after it was originally scheduled – Oxfam Australia Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world. […]

New locust swarms threaten to increase hunger in parts of Africa already reeling from flooding & coronavirus crisis – Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as they brace for the latest generation of locusts to hatch next month – just when crops are to be harvested. The highest rainfall in 40 […]

Oxfam responds to devastation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of devastation throughout north-east India and the Bangladesh coast, with over 80 deaths reported so far, destroying homes, embankments and crops, and compounding the suffering in many communities already hit by coronavirus and the impact of the lockdown. The low-lying coastal communities in both countries are amongst the worst hit by the strongest […]

World Health Assembly vaccine agreement not fit for purpose – Oxfam

Commenting on a resolution on access to coronavirus vaccines, treatments and tests that has been agreed by Health Ministers at the World Health Assembly overnight, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam, along with other major organisations and former world leaders, economists and health experts, had urged governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that […]

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