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Government’s cash splashing budget fails to address twin threats of global pandemic and climate change: Oxfam

Commenting on last night’s Federal Budget and its impact on aid, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said:  “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said this budget is about protecting Australians, but then failed to address the two biggest threats to our community: the global pandemic and climate change. “The Treasurer also said his Government is about providing […]

Statement on the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Today is a historic and shameful day for our nation. Thirty years ago, the landmark report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody revealed the full extent of the danger that our justice system presents to First Peoples, and laid out the path we needed to […]

Biden Summit: Charities and churches call on Prime Minister to halve emissions by 2030

More than 10 environmental and humanitarian organisations including Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Oxfam Australia, the Pacific Climate Action Network, The Pacific Conference of Churches, and the Edmund Rice Centre have used a full-page newspaper ad and open letter to urge Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to commit to halving emissions, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s […]

Timor-Leste’s most destructive floods in recent memory likely worsened by climate change, as COVID-19 threat looms: Oxfam

Almost half of the population of Timor-Leste’s capital has been impacted by severe flooding, according to government figures, after heavy rains fell on Dili and nearby provinces last week. Cyclone Seroja took the people of Timor-Leste by surprise, with the small nation previously not within the range of such extreme weather events. Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Oxfam figures show richest Australians create more emissions than all Pacific Islanders

The richest 5% of Australians – about 1.2 million people – are responsible for more carbon emissions annually than all 11 million citizens of Pacific Island countries combined, a new Oxfam analysis has revealed ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum climate meeting and UN Climate Ambition Summit. The analysis also found the energy consumption of […]

Net-zero targets will signal serious ambition: Oxfam

Oxfam has welcomed reports of the Australian Government’s plan to announce it will cancel the Kyoto credits ahead of next week’s UN Climate Ambition Summit and called for a commitment to net-zero targets by 2050 or sooner. Oxfam Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the announcement was a long time coming. “The Kyoto carryover credits were never a legitimate way for Australia to achieve the 2030 emissions reduction […]

Oxfam welcomes more than $500 million package for South-East Asia

Commenting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a more than $500 million package for South-East Asia, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam warmly welcomes the Australian Government’s significant new investment of more than $500 million to support the development of our neighbours in South-East Asia. “The recognition of the importance of the […]

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