Tag: Australian Government

Opinion: Unsung heroes tackling indigenous disadvantage

Opinion piece first published by the Herald Sun newspaper on 16 October 2019: Despite the disadvantages faced by too many of the First Peoples of Australia, we have organised ourselves on a vast scale to improve the wellbeing of our people and communities across our country. This includes creating more than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres […]

Oxfam report shows self-determined First Peoples are In Good Hands

Government policies that empower local Aboriginal communities and build on traditional knowledge and culture to deliver services generally produce better results and should become the policy norm in Australia, according to a landmark report released today by Oxfam Australia. The report, In Good Hands, shows how programs that embrace the principle of self-determination have been […]

Accepting more refugees good for Australian economy and society – report

Lifting Australia’s humanitarian intake will increase the Australian economy by $37.7 billion in today’s dollars over the next 50 years, according to an Oxfam report that backs the push to make it easier for refugees and humanitarian migrants in Australia to reunite with their families. Oxfam’s report, Stronger Together: The impact of family separation on […]

Australia’s Pacific side-step

Australia has critically undermined its Pacific step-up by working squarely against the number one priority of Pacific Island countries this week, Oxfam Australia said today. Speaking from the Pacific Island Forum leaders’ meeting in Tuvalu, Oxfam Australia Climate Change Policy Adviser Simon Bradshaw said by failing to heed the warnings of our Pacific Island neighbours, […]

Nearly 1,000 child casualties of Yemen war in year since shocking Sa’ada bus attack

Oxfam Australia continues to call on the Australian Government to immediately halt arms sales to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with the news that there have been almost 1000 child casualties of the Yemen war in the past year. More than 300 children have died in fighting across […]

Australia must halt arms exports to UAE and Saudi Arabia

In response to ABC Investigations’ findings that Australian arms are being sold to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – both countries accused of human rights violations and even war crimes in the conflict in Yemen – Oxfam Australia’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “Shocking numbers of civilians continue to be killed […]

Opinion – Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, 13 May: Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta woman and the National Manager of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program. In this election campaign, the major parties have together pledged more than $100 billion in new spending commitments, […]

The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters

First published in RendezView on Thursday, 9 May: The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters Dr Helen Szoke is Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive. While the Australian Government attempts to defend its indefensibly weak emissions targets, Mozambique is coming to terms with the devastation caused by an unprecedented two deadly cyclones in less than […]

Budget blind to dual crises of inequality and climate change

This year’s inward-looking Federal Budget does little to tackle growing inequality in Australia or the world, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “This is an extremely disappointing Budget.  There’s been no improvement in Australia’s policies to tackle climate change, we’ve seen a continuation of cuts to Australian aid, and aid funds are being diverted from Asia to […]

Three civilians killed every day in Yemen despite Stockholm agreements

Three civilians are being killed every day in Yemen – that is one person every eight hours – despite agreements reached between the internationally recognised government and the Houthis at talks in Sweden just over three months ago. In December last year the two parties to the conflict in Yemen agreed a ceasefire for the […]

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