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Kimberley land rights struggle features in global Oxfam report

Ongoing attempts to undermine native title in Australia’s Kimberley region have been highlighted in a new Oxfam global report pushing for the land rights of Indigenous peoples across the world. The Custodians of the land, Defenders of our future report highlights a global land rush that is forcing millions of Indigenous people from their homelands. According […]

Cruel abuse of children in QLD detention demands national action: Oxfam

Responding to allegations about the degrading and horrific abuse of children in detention in Queensland, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:

“The reports which have emerged today of the abhorrent treatment of children in two detention centres in Queensland come less than a month after the ABC exposed similarly cruel practices at the Don Dale facility in Darwin.

Oxfam welcomes PM pledge for Royal Commission but demands real change

Following the shocking revelations on last night’s Four Corners program and the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning of a Royal Commission, Oxfam is calling for a real commitment to change the record on the appalling over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly children. “The revelations and graphic footage of cruelty and torture of […]

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.

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