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Ten years since Intervention: It’s time to reset relations with Indigenous Australians

Commenting on the tenth anniversary of the controversial Northern Territory Intervention, Oxfam Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Program National Manager Justin McCaul said: “Political leaders should acknowledge the failure of the Northern Territory Intervention and recast policies to generate jobs and cut the horrendous rates of imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

Budget delivers only piecemeal measures for Australia’s First Peoples

Responding to the 2017 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia chief executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “At a time when Australia’s First Peoples live 10–17 fewer years than other Australians, and babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the national rate, this Budget really needed to act on the dire state of Indigenous health. […]

Stark Indigenous inequality shows calls for governments to reset agenda: new report

The failure of successive governments to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is condemning too many Indigenous Australians to stark inequality and entrenched disadvantage, according to an Oxfam report published today. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said the report found funding for Indigenous services was inadequate, misdirected, uncertain and lacking in […]

Oxfam calls for national action after report exposes NT’s justice system failings.

Responding to interim report of the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Royal Commission’s interim report documents a litany of evidence which has exposed the appalling mistreatment of children – most of them young Aboriginal people – in custody. “The report is a […]

Thousands to come together at events to say ‘we can do better’ to Close the Gap

Tens of thousands of Australians are taking part in events on National Close the Gap Day to call for an end to the appalling health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More than 1000 events are set to take place around the country on Thursday 16 March to support Australia’s largest campaign to […]

Local action, lasting change: Let’s Close the Gap

Local action can drive lasting change and Oxfam is calling on people around the nation to come together next month to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians by 2030. Registrations are now open for National Close the Gap Day 2017 on March 16, with tens of thousands of […]

Report on Indigenous disadvantage highlights need to close the gap

Responding to findings from the Productivity Commission’s new report today on Indigenous disadvantage, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “With the release today of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report, it’s clear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must take a leadership role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and recommit to closing the gap. […]

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 […]

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