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 […]
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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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Much-needed policies on achieving greater equality must not be put at risk as the Coalition grapples with its slim hold on power and narrow mandate, international aid agency Oxfam Australia said today.
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 […]
Today’s revelation that the key national representative body of Indigenous Australians will no longer be funded by the Turnbull Government is a blow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities across the country, Oxfam said today.
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 […]
Oxfam is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across Australia to participate in a week-long national summit in Canberra to build skills to engage with the political system in order to make positive changes in their communities.