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Oxfam calls for respectful reflection, not celebration, on January 26

Oxfam has called on all Australians to mark January 26 with reflection rather than celebration, given the historic and ongoing injustices experienced by the First Peoples of the nation. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, today’s date marks the beginning of British colonial settlement in Australia, which was conducted without a treaty or any […]

Oxfam welcomes funding for Philippines, calls for more assistance

In response to the Australian Government’s announcement of $5 million to support the response to Typhoon Rai (known locally as Odette) in the Philippines, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Super Typhoon Rai has caused immense devastation and extreme suffering for hundreds  of thousands of families, just as they were preparing to celebrate Christmas. […]

Government fails to commit further critical funding to tackle pandemic in the region: Oxfam

In response to yesterday’s mid-year budget update, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Government’s commitments to enhance its partnership with ASEAN and invest in additional infrastructure for the Pacific. “However, the Government has failed to take the opportunity to increase or extend the temporary and targeted aid measures in response to […]

Oxfam welcomes Labor climate policy, calls for more detail

Oxfam Australia has welcomed the announcements made today as part of the Labor Party’s climate policy, which would increase Australia’s ambition on emissions reduction in the short-term.     However, Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said there is a need for greater ambition to tackle this monumental problem.    “This proposal, while an improvement on current ambitions, still does […]

Oxfam welcomes significant sanctions law

Oxfam Australia has welcomed the passing of significant legislation by the Parliament that will help hold violators of human rights to account. Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said it was pleasing to see that the Magnitsky-style sanctions bill was passed unopposed. “This country by no means has a clean human rights record, itself. However, it is […]

Australia failed our Pacific neighbours at COP: aid agencies

Australia’s commitments at the COP26 climate change conference failed our Pacific neighbours and others on the frontlines of climate change, say the aid agencies ActionAid, CARE and Oxfam Australia. Australia’s announcement of $500 million to help Pacific and Southeast Asian nations mitigate and adapt to climate change is a fraction of our fair share, and […]

We can and must do more on climate: Oxfam

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain reacts to the Australian Government’s COP26 announcement on climate finance: “The Australian Government’s lack of ambition at COP26 is gravely disappointing. Without a credible 2030 target, we have no way to prove our commitment to doing our fair share to limit catastrophic warming. And critically, our contributions to support […]

PM must do more on climate commitments: Oxfam

In response to the Australian Government’s announcement of its updated climate change policy, Oxfam Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said:   “As the Liberal and National parties have argued over this long-term goal, the rest of the world has moved on. Other wealthy countries have not only increased their ambitions for 2030, but dramatically boosted their […]

Pharmaceutical companies and rich nations delivering just one in seven of doses promised to developing countries

Australia has only delivered 6% of the 60 million vaccines pledged through the COVAX initiative.  Developing countries have been hit with an endless tide of inadequate gestures and broken promises from rich countries and pharmaceutical companies, who are failing to deliver billions of doses they promised while blocking the real solutions to vaccine inequality, according […]

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