Latest Indigenous Affairs

Close the Gap report shows efforts to address systemic racism overdue: Oxfam

Commenting on the Close the Gap campaign’s 2022 report, Transforming Power: Voices for Generational Change, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said:  “This report is a reminder to all of us that long-term funding commitments by governments and structural change that empowers Indigenous communities will be needed if Australia is to close the health gap […]

Oxfam calls for respectful reflection, not celebration, on January 26

Oxfam has called on all Australians to mark January 26 with reflection rather than celebration, given the historic and ongoing injustices experienced by the First Peoples of the nation. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, today’s date marks the beginning of British colonial settlement in Australia, which was conducted without a treaty or any […]

Oxfam calls on Australian governments to act now to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14

Oxfam Australia has called on the nation’s attorneys-general to urgently heed expert advice and international best practice by lifting the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age. The organisation’s Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said current policies nationwide were not in the best interests of children and were disproportionately harming First Nations […]

Straight Talk Summit postponed

The 2021 Straight Talk Summit has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and challenges around moving the event online. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said while this meant the event couldn’t proceed in 2021, plans were afoot to reschedule the summit to commence in the first half of next year. Border restrictions as […]

Oxfam welcomes new funding to Close the Gap

Oxfam has welcomed the Federal Government’s engagement with the Aboriginal community-controlled sector to deliver more than $1 billion in new funding to improve the wellbeing of First Peoples. “It’s pleasing to see significant contributions to support critical improvements in key areas, such as more than $250 million to support Aboriginal medical clinics and $75 million […]

Statement on Aboriginal death in custody

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Today is another sad and shameful day for our nation, with the death in custody of Ngemba man Frank ‘Gud’ Coleman, who was 43 years old. We at Oxfam would like to pass on our condolences to his grieving family, who reportedly had been unable to visit him […]

Applications open for Oxfam’s leadership program for First Nations women

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across Australia can now apply to participate in a week-long summit in Canberra to build their political engagement skills to make positive changes in their communities. Part of Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk program – which is now in its 12th year – the national summit will run from 17-22 October. […]

Close the Gap report shows First Peoples’ resilience shines during crises: Oxfam

Responding to the 2021 Close the Gap report, Leadership and Legacy Through Crises: Keeping our Mob Safe, released today – on National Close the Gap Day – Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program National Manager, Ngarra Murray, said: “Across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities achieved an incredible feat last year, by standing […]

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