Latest Indigenous Affairs

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 […]

Record numbers register in support of National Close the Gap Day

The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day. Community groups, health services, schools, businesses, government offices and individuals around Australia are registering online […]

Close the Gap campaign calls on PM to ‘match fine words with action’

Today’s announcement of the implementation of a Health Plan by the Prime Minister in his Closing the Gap address to Parliament is a step forward on the long journey to ending health inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Close the Gap Campaign said today. Close the Gap Co-Chair and Aboriginal and Torres […]

Message to PM: Don’t downgrade Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

On a day when the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ reports on progress towards Closing the Gap, Oxfam is urging Tony Abbott not to make even more cuts to his government’s investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health after $160 million was slashed from the Budget last year. Oxfam Australia’s Indigenous Policy Advisor Dr […]

Australians can speak up for Indigenous health equality by taking part in National Close the Gap Day

Oxfam is inviting Australians of all ages and backgrounds across the country to show support for Indigenous health equality by taking part in National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 19 March. Oxfam Australia’s Indigenous policy advisor Dr Peter Lewis said more than 150,000 people took part in 1298 separate National Close the Gap Day events […]

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