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Unmet and underfunded – report finds Australia failing Pacific on climate

Australia is lagging behind other developed nations and has failed to increase its contributions to international climate finance as our neighbours in the Pacific face a fight for survival, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Releasing independent research into the adequacy and effectiveness of climate finance, Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said Australia could […]

MEDIA COMMENT: Don’t post your coffee pods, buy Oxfam’s biodegradable Fairtrade product instead

Responding to reports that Nespresso® enlisted Australia Post to enable people to recycle their aluminium coffee pods via the mail, Oxfam Australia General Manager Julia Sumner said: “We encourage consumers to think about the excessive cost and negative environmental impacts of buying aluminium coffee pods which cannot be recycled using a curb-side recycling program but […]

MEDIA ALERT: Oxfam Trailwalker kicks off in two weeks

Friday 16 September – Sunday 18 September 2016 WHAT: Considered one of Australia’s most challenging charity endurance events, 220 teams of four will walk 100km or 50km in the 4th annual Oxfam Trailwalker Perth. More than 2,000 people are involved in Oxfam Trailwalker Perth to help raise more than $1 million to help Oxfam fight […]

A refugee or migrant has died every 80 minutes in wake of Alan Kurdi’s death

Since the start of 2016 a refugee or migrant has died almost every 80 minutes while trying to reach another country, international aid agency Oxfam said today. This is despite the public outcry over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean a year ago today, on 2 September 2015. Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Advocacy Lead […]

Apple ruling a lesson for Australia on how to clean up murky corporate tax practices

Responding to reports the European Commission has ordered US tech giant Apple to repay a record 13 billion euros (AU$19.73 billion) in back taxes after ruling a series of Irish tax deals were illegal, Oxfam’s Fair Economies Advocacy Manager Joy Kyriacou said:
“This ruling by the European Commission shows how much the public lose out when big companies do the wrong thing and governments don’t step in and stop them.

Australian multinationals are the real “taxed-nots”: Oxfam

Responding to reports in The Australian newspaper today that the Treasurer has labelled some of the poorest people in Australia as the nation’s “taxed-nots”, Oxfam chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “It is alarming that the Australian Government plans to demonise the country’s poor as the ‘taxed-nots’, when one in three large companies reported on […]

Government must commit to timeline to resettle 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Oxfam Australia is calling for the Australian Government to commit to a time frame for the resettlement of the agreed 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Chief Executive Helen Szoke said it’s been almost a year since the Government committed to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Australia. “The announcement was made last September and […]

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