Save Australian Aid

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As part of the mid-year budget outlook (MYEFO), the government yesterday announced a third cut to the aid budget of $3.7 billion. This brings the cuts to aid announced by this Government to $11.3 billion in just one year.

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Women Inspiring Change

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More than 5 million Indonesian women work in factories. Their wages are very low and they receive 30% less than their male counterparts. But many are actively trying to change this situation…

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Sneaky Business: Support Footwear Workers' Rights

Sneaky Business Toolkit

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Want to help promote a new global action in support of workers’ rights? The Sneaky Business toolkit provides you with everything you need.

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Score the goals comic book

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The UN have released a comic book aimed at teaching young people about the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Alta Gracia workers celebrate a living wage

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After years toiling at factories in the free trade zones of the Dominican Republic, Santa Castillo knows how difficult it can be to survive on the minimum wage. “A lot of times there was only enough for my kids, and I’d go to bed hungry,” she says. Now the factory where Ms Castillo works has committed to pay three and a half times the minimum wage.

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Step into her trainers!

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Did you know that in 2008 the CEO of Nike, Mark G. Parker earned more than 7 million US dollars? It is estimated it would take an Indonesian worker producing for Nike more than 6,000 years to earn this amount.

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One thousand students unite against poverty

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As the UN met to decide if the world could halve extreme poverty in five years, 1000 students came together to hear from a variety of speakers working around the world to end poverty. Carrie O’Connor was there.

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Loneliness in Jakarta

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Jakarta was so quiet— almost everyone had gone back to their villages to spend time with their families. In the evening I could hear the echoes of prayers across the city. I felt very touched- but also mixed with a deep sense of sadness because I was unable to be with my family. Without work it is just too expensive to travel back home to South Sumatra.

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Cambodian workers want a living wage

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Wouldn’t you want enough take home pay to allow you to look after your family and afford the basic necessitiesis of life? This was the simple demand made by more than 68,000 Cambodian workers who went on a weeklong strike to demand a living wage.

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UN MDG summit: A mirage of a summit

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Oxfam International delivers their final verdict on the UN MDG Summit, calling it a ‘mirage of a summit’.

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MDGs: Will world leaders stand up, or hit the snooze button?

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Irungu Houghton, Oxfam Great Britain Pan-Africa Director reports from the UN MDG Summit in New York.

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Curtin Students Stand Up to End Poverty

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Students from Curtin recently participated in a noisy two-hour lobby and activism workshop, culminating in a Stand Up event led by Oxfam Australia.

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UN Summit on MDGs

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Currently underway in New York City, the UN is holding a summit to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals, and to plot a path to achieve these goals by 2015. Here’s what’s been happening so far.

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Stand Up in Sydney

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It was a glorious day in Sydney for Stand Up 2010 – with indigenous dance performances alongside harmonicas, whistles and rice shakers. All to Make A Noise for the MDGs!

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UN MDG Summit: a plan for action?

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On the eve of the UN Summit on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals, it is time for Australia to push for real action to rescue the MDGs

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Passionate teachers bring opportunity

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I’ve been visiting Oxfam-built schools in remote areas of Stung Treng province. We went to monitor post-construction progress, while doing in-the-field media training. Inaccessible by car, arrival at the first school was a five hour, bumpy and muddy moto-ride deep into the jungle.

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Namibia’s first female trawler captain

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Slight, pretty, sharp-eyed, and quietly firm about things – Johanna Kwedhi is Namibia’s first female trawler captain. She is a living example of the empowerment of women in Namibia.

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Kofi Annan launches Alternative Guide to the World Cup

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Ahead of the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup on Friday, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has launched the Alternative Guide to the World Cup.

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