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ALP Resets Indigenous Agenda

Responding to the ALP’s Indigenous affairs policy platform announced this morning, Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Program Manager Justin McCaul said: “Oxfam welcomes this comprehensive response by the ALP to the issues put forward in the Redfern Statement last week. “Indigenous leaders and organisations came together a week ago to lay out […]

Turnbull Government snubs Indigenous affairs

Responding to the 2016 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Turnbull Government has provided no new money to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians faced with shorter life expectancy and dramatically higher incarceration rates. “Despite the ongoing crisis in incarceration rates, child removal rates […]

Farming, Pacific and Indigenous community leaders bring climate realities to Canberra

A New South Wales farmer, community leaders from Indigenous Australia and Kiribati, and Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke joined more than 20 Australians from all walks of life at Parliament House to meet with key decision-makers to urge substantially stronger action on climate change today.

Brakes put on closing the gap in Indigenous health in Federal Budget

Closing the appalling life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has become harder under the Abbott Government with last night’s Federal Budget failing to reverse the cuts made to Indigenous Affairs last year, Oxfam said today. Oxfam’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Rights Policy Advisor Dr Peter Lewis said it was profoundly disappointing […]

Calling Aboriginal Women from North East Arnhem Land to gather for Straight Talk

Oxfam is inviting Aboriginal women from North East Arnhem Land to participate in its Straight Talk regional gathering from 25 – 27 July in Nhulunbuy. Oxfam’s Straight Talk regional gatherings throughout the country aim to build on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s skills to engage with the political system in order to make positive […]

Legal services cuts will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

Oxfam Australia is one of 26 organisations that have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey, Attorney-General George Brandis and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, urging them to reverse the proposed funding cuts to legal assistance services under the Attorney General’s portfolio. These services include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), its […]

Close the Gap leaders urge Government to listen to the people

More than 150,000 Australians will declare their support today for ending health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians, with a record number of schools, community groups, health services, businesses and government offices hosting over 1,548 events around the country to mark National Close the Gap Day. Locations for National Close the […]

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