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Canberra, Australia: Eve Bilsborough pictured at Parliament House during the 2022 Straight Talk National Summit.

Being a Straight Talk Intern with Oxfam in 2022

In July of 2022 I received a call congratulating me on a successful internship application with Oxfam Australia. The placement could not have been any more ideal. Following two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, organisations now offer hybrid/remote opportunities which are great for individuals who, like myself, do not live directly in a capital city and […] Read more »
Members of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Cultural Fishing, together with Traditional Owners, at Mystery Bay, NSW, on the morning of the hearing in Narooma in July 2022

Cultural fishing: Rights to an ancient practice left unprotected

Testimony by South Coast Aboriginal people has spelled out the cost to their communities from the refusal of successive governments to legislate cultural fishing rights. Read more »
Oxfam Australia Straight Talk

A proud, straight-talking woman

For too long, the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been unheard in Australia’s political landscape. But we’re working with partner organisation Aarnja to make sure that women like Bev Walley are heard, loud and clear. Read more »

The fight for Aboriginal land rights continues

Cissy grew up seeing her elders fighting for the rights of Aboriginal people – and she is now one of many leading this fight. Read more »
Close the Gap Day in Melbourne

Critical Close the Gap funding must be continued

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More than 140,000 people across Australia today will remind political leaders of their commitment to close the gap in health inequality, as critical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health funding is due to expire. Today is the seventh annual National Close the Gap Day, with a record 950 community events in homes, schools, universities, workplaces, […] Read more »

Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal

Lorna Schmider-Woodcock is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Brisbane. She currently lives in Canberra where she is an Indigenous cadet through the Australian Public Service Commission program at the National Museum of Australia. On December 10th and 11th, 2012, I attended the Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal: Knowledge and Culture Sharing in Indigenous […] Read more »

A step closer to recognising Indigenous Australians in our constitution

Oxfam Australia CEO Dr Helen Szoke: The passing of the Act of Recognition Bill through the House of Representatives is an historic moment for Australia and marks a significant step towards a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in our country’s constitution. The Australian constitution entered into force in 1901 without input from Aboriginal or Torres […] Read more »
Some of the ChangeCourse crew. Photo: Timothy Herbert/OxfamAUS

The ChangeCourse journey: part 3

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Bonnie Hook brings us her third – and final – ChangeCourse blog post and emotions are running high! Read more »
ChangeCourse mentor Aaron Nagus greeting participants at the airport. Photo: Bonnie Hook/OxfamAUS

The ChangeCourse journey: part 1

This is the first in a series of blog posts from the scene of ChangeCourse 2012, where young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia have come together to work with Oxfam on bringing about positive change in their communities and themselves. Read more »

Rock for Recognition

A new series of concerts called Rock for Recognition have been initiated in order to raise awareness and promote the need for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. The inaugural Rock for Recognition headlined by Dan Sultan will tour to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle and features a varied […] Read more »