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Few Australians back Government’s nonsensical gas-fired plan, national poll shows

Just 14% of Australian voters support the Federal Government prioritising taxpayer funds for the gas industry to rebuild the economy over other sectors, according to a national poll released days after the Prime Minister announced a ‘gas-fired’ recovery plan. Releasing the YouGov survey results, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the poll found support […]

Gas-powered recovery plan a betrayal of our Pacific neighbours: Oxfam

Commenting on the Federal Government’s plan to use public funds to expand the gas sector as part of its economic recovery plan, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “The Prime Minister’s deeply concerning move to put gas, a fossil fuel, at the centre of our recovery from COVID-19 is a serious betrayal of our […]

Companies’ profits soar by billions as poorest pay price of pandemic

Thirty-two of the world’s largest companies stand to see their profits jump by USD $109 billion more in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic lays bare an economic model that delivers profits for the wealthiest on the back of the poorest, according to a new Oxfam report.  Power, Profits and the Pandemic, published ahead of tomorrow’s […]

Celebrities, health workers, everyday Aussies stand in solidarity with vulnerable nations tackling COVID-19 on day Government announces free vaccine for Australians

Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have joined with church leaders, businesses and health organisations in their mission to ‘End COVID For All’. With news this morning that the Government ​has an agreement to secure vaccines for Australians, aid organisations leading the charge on the ‘End COVID For All’ campaign said it was encouraging to hear the […]

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. […]

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