Tag: Helen Szoke

Public pessimism and misunderstanding could undermine fight against global poverty

In the past 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved, but the vast majority of Australians and people around the world think the opposite is true. A new global survey published by Dutch research firm Motivaction reveals that 89 per cent of Australians, and 87 per cent of […]

Government must show leadership on migration and stop grandstanding: Oxfam

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has persisted in spruiking a migration program at the United Nations summit in New York that traumatises and harms vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants, is extremely costly and is increasingly unpopular with the Australian public. Oxfam’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke said rather than wasting time and grandstanding about the benefits of […]

First team crosses the finish line in a record-breaker at Oxfam Trailwalker Perth

The first team powered across the finish line in record-breaking time at Oxfam Trailwalker Perth last night, with hundreds of walkers following in their footsteps through the scenic foothills today. Team “4x4x24” took 12 hours and 56 minutes to complete the 100km trail, running through the finishing post in Forrestfield at 7.56pm. The team – […]

Aid and human rights agencies condemn slow pace on 12,000 refugees promise

The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017. It’s a year today since the Government made the pledge to grant an additional 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis a permanent visa in response to an […]

Australia must follow UK and make country-by-country tax reporting public

Australia must put tough talk into action and follow the United Kingdom’s move to force multinational corporations dodging billions of dollars in taxes to publish country-by-country financial reports, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said the Conservative Government in the UK had last night accepted an amendment to legislation […]

Unmet and underfunded – report finds Australia failing Pacific on climate

Australia is lagging behind other developed nations and has failed to increase its contributions to international climate finance as our neighbours in the Pacific face a fight for survival, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Releasing independent research into the adequacy and effectiveness of climate finance, Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said Australia could […]

Australian multinationals are the real “taxed-nots”: Oxfam

Responding to reports in The Australian newspaper today that the Treasurer has labelled some of the poorest people in Australia as the nation’s “taxed-nots”, Oxfam chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “It is alarming that the Australian Government plans to demonise the country’s poor as the ‘taxed-nots’, when one in three large companies reported on […]

Cruel abuse of children in QLD detention demands national action: Oxfam

Responding to allegations about the degrading and horrific abuse of children in detention in Queensland, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:

“The reports which have emerged today of the abhorrent treatment of children in two detention centres in Queensland come less than a month after the ABC exposed similarly cruel practices at the Don Dale facility in Darwin.

Oxfam welcomes PM pledge for Royal Commission but demands real change

Following the shocking revelations on last night’s Four Corners program and the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning of a Royal Commission, Oxfam is calling for a real commitment to change the record on the appalling over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly children. “The revelations and graphic footage of cruelty and torture of […]

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