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Oxfam chief honoured by Order of Australia award

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke’s outstanding service to social justice has been recognised by the award of the Officer of Order of Australia (AO), announced in today’s Honours List. The pre-eminent award commends Dr Szoke for “distinguished service to social justice through roles within human rights, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity organisations, to health […]

Australia’s inequality crisis: Oxfam paper

A record number of Australian billionaires amassed an astonishing $38 billion increase in their wealth last financial year – enough money to pay for more than half of Federal public health spending, an Oxfam Australia briefing paper has revealed. The briefing paper, Growing Gulf Between Work and Wealth, shows the number of Australian billionaires increased […]

Yemen still starved of food and fuel after month-long suspension of blockade: Oxfam

Yemen’s northern ports have only imported just over half the country’s monthly food supply and only 18 per cent of its fuel supply since a Saudi led-coalition’s blockade was temporarily lifted three-and-a-half weeks ago, Oxfam said today. The continued restrictions of vital supplies further endangers the 8.4 million people living on the brink of famine […]

Back to school: Aussie brands benefit while women paid poverty wages

The leading brands selling uniforms as Australian families prepare to get back to school are turning over billions of dollars each year, while the women working making the clothes are paid poverty wages and struggling to give their children the basics, Oxfam Australia said today. Oxfam Australia labour rights manager Joy Kyriacou said Kmart, Target, […]

Yemen being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of war: Oxfam

Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of key northern ports that is starving its people of food, fuel and medicine, Oxfam warned today. Around 90 per cent of Yemen’s food has to be imported, and since a Saudi-led coalition imposed a […]

Rohingya refugees say no return to Myanmar without equal rights: Oxfam report

Rohingya refugees interviewed by Oxfam in Bangladesh say they will not go back to Myanmar until their safety can be guaranteed and they have equal rights, including being able to work and travel freely, according to a report released today. The report, “I still don’t feel safe to go home”: Voices of Rohingya refugees, found […]

Aussies tired of going overboard at Christmas: research

New Oxfam research has found that Australians dread the mass consumption associated with Christmas (facing the crowds at shopping centres and giving and receiving unnecessary gifts) and the majority would consider making changes to how they do Christmas if it would help the environment.

Millions face severe hunger but Democratic Republic of Congo funding crisis threatens delivery of aid

Millions of people facing severe hunger and acute malnutrition in one of the worst hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risk having life-saving aid cut if donors do not plug a hole in the aid budget, Oxfam warned today. By the start of 2018, the United Nations estimates that 13 million people […]

ATO data shows big companies still getting away with tax scandal: Oxfam

Responding to the release of data by the Australian Taxation Office, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The irrefutable need for the Federal Government to take tougher action on corporate tax avoidance has yet again been exposed by ATO data revealing that more than one in three large companies paid no tax at […]

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