Beyond Covid-19: could we create a more sustainable world?

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What will the world’s response to the COVID-19 crisis mean for the two defining and interconnected challenges of our age: climate change and global inequality?  

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Budget 2018 fails to give a fair go

Budget 2018 fails to give a fair go

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If you haven’t had the chance to go through the budget papers with a fine-toothed comb, never fear – here’s our breakdown of how the budget stacks up against the fairness test on some of the biggest issues: justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, our Australian aid budget, action on climate change and our plans to tackle inequality.

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Beyond safeguards: why advocacy is critical

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Systems and safeguards are critical measures to prevent abuse and protect the rights of women and girls. But sexual misconduct, from Hollywood to Haiti, has revealed a much deeper issue: unfair distributions of power.

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Why the majority of the world’s poor are women

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Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work and make women’s position unequal to men’s, from the household to the national and global levels. Despite some important progress to change this in recent years, in no country have women […]

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It’s time to target the obscene profits of the super-rich

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Just eight billionaires are as wealthy as the poorest half of humanity, showing that the global inequality crisis is more extreme than we had feared. It is clear the current economic system is broken, serving the interests of multinational corporations and the super-rich.

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Barbara stands by the river to collect clean water. If everyone paid their fair share of tax, we could have a chance to meet the basic needs of people living in poverty, give them control over their own lives and the opportunity to change their futures.

The inequality stat that’s shocked the world

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Extreme inequality is one of the defining issues of our time. Today, just 62 individuals have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. That’s just 62 mega-rich individuals compared to 3.5 billion people.

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Photo: Yusuf Ahmad/Oxfam

Rising inequality hits home for Australia

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Next year the richest 1% of people in the world will have more wealth than the other 99% of people. Australia can be part of the solution to global inequality – but it means not turning our back on the world’s poorest people.

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Photo: Tica Vieria/OxfamAUS

The politics of poverty and the new consensus for equality

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In the lead up the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November, Oxfam Australia CEO Dr Helen Szoke spoke at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in Adelaide about the threat posed by extreme inequality and the opportunity that tackling it represents. Below follows an edited excerpt from Dr Helen Szoke’s speech. Right now, we live in […]

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75 years to achieve equal pay is too long

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Women can expect to wait another 75 years before they receive the same amount of pay as their male counterparts. That’s according to Oxfam’s new report, The G20 and gender equality – How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies  which highlights the role of the G20 group of countries […]

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Rapidly growing inequality is worsening poverty around the world

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A new report from Oxfam sheds light on rapidly growing extreme inequality and how it worsens poverty around the world, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott prepares to spruik Australia’s G20 agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. The report, Working for the Few, shows that the wealth of the world is divided […]

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