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Unfinished business for our nation’s First Peoples must be a top priority: Oxfam

Commenting on the final report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples tabled in Federal Parliament today, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government has a unique opportunity to act on important unfinished business for Australia’s First Peoples, and the nation as a whole, and this should not […]

A show of strength: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Straight Talk

More than 70 strong, proud and purposeful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from throughout the country will head to Canberra to share their stories and sit down with women from all sides of politics at Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit later this month. Held from Sunday 26 November to Thursday 29 November, the […]

Budget lacks hope for Australia’s First Peoples: Oxfam

Commenting on the 2018 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The lack of significant funding commitments in this Budget to address the worsening health and unacceptable disadvantage, poverty and discrimination faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is deeply concerning. “In a Budget that claims to deliver for the battlers, […]

Oxfam calls for Electoral Matters Bill to be scrapped

Responding to the report published today by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Oxfam Australia Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Along with many major Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation. “Despite the […]

Oxfam joins thousands to Close the Gap

Thousands of people around the country are calling for governments to make health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians an urgent priority. Today is National Close the Gap Day, and tens of thousands of people attending more than 800 registered events will mark the day across the country – from […]

Be part of the movement to close the gap

Australians around the country will be lending their support to the nation’s biggest grassroots movement to close the widening gap in life expectancy between Australia’s First Peoples and non-Indigenous people. About 640 people have registered events for National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 15 March, with thousands more expected to attend those events. The […]

Justice reform must be a national priority in wake of damning NT report: Oxfam

Responding to the final report of the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Royal Commission’s final report has laid bare a distressing case study which is part of a national crisis. “The commission’s inquiry has revealed ‘systemic and shocking’ failures in detention, care […]

Australia’s election to UN Human Rights Council a test of commitment to values

Australia must use its term on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for stronger human rights protections at home and globally, Oxfam Australia said today. Responding to confirmation that Australia has been elected unopposed to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Policy Dr Nicole Bieske said: “Oxfam welcomes Australia’s […]

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