Tag: Helen Szoke

Australia falls to 17 in OECD aid rankings

Responding to reports that Australia has once again fallen in the global aid rankings released annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government’s funding cuts have seen aid fall to its lowest levels in our country’s history in relation to our economy. […]

Five millionth refugee: a quarter of Syria’s population have fled across the borders

After six years of brutal conflict the five millionth Syrian refugee fled their country overnight to seek safety – the total now equivalent to a quarter of the country’s pre-war population. Oxfam and three Syrian organisations have called on the international community to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee. Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr […]

No escape for Syrians seeking safety six years after first protests – Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today. Amongst the most vulnerable Syrians are the approximately 78,000 people trapped along Syria’s sealed borders with […]

Never has a vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world been needed more

With famine declared in South Sudan and the UN warning of looming famines across Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, the devastating ongoing war in Syria and the effects of climate change being felt in Australia and the Pacific, an Australian vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world is more important than ever. In its […]

Oxfam supports Redfern Statement in order to Close the Gap

Oxfam is throwing its support behind calls for the Australian Government to commit to starting a new relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and agreeing to fund the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. The calls were among those made at a breakfast event today at Parliament House, which saw Aboriginal and Torres […]

Just eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Just eight people own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new Oxfam global report revealing the gap between the super-rich and the poor is far greater than had been feared. Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said Australia had not escaped the […]

Report on Indigenous disadvantage highlights need to close the gap

Responding to findings from the Productivity Commission’s new report today on Indigenous disadvantage, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “With the release today of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report, it’s clear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must take a leadership role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and recommit to closing the gap. […]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Canberra for Straight Talk

Inspiring and passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from all walks of life and all over the country are heading to Canberra in two weeks for some Straight Talking with female politicians. More than 80 Indigenous women – from remote islands in the Torres Strait, to far-flung communities in the Northern Territory and Broome […]

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