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Opinion: Unsung heroes tackling indigenous disadvantage

Opinion piece first published by the Herald Sun newspaper on 16 October 2019: Despite the disadvantages faced by too many of the First Peoples of Australia, we have organised ourselves on a vast scale to improve the wellbeing of our people and communities across our country. This includes creating more than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres […]

Oxfam report shows self-determined First Peoples are In Good Hands

Government policies that empower local Aboriginal communities and build on traditional knowledge and culture to deliver services generally produce better results and should become the policy norm in Australia, according to a landmark report released today by Oxfam Australia. The report, In Good Hands, shows how programs that embrace the principle of self-determination have been […]

Straight Talking in Townsville

Inspiring and determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across Queensland will gather in Townsville today for the region’s first Straight Talk summit, where they will build on their skills to become powerful advocates for making a difference in their communities. Bringing together women from areas including Townsville, Brisbane, Cairns, Mount Isa and remote […]

Oxfam welcomes Constitutional recognition referendum

Responding to Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt’s address at the National Press Club today, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam Australia warmly welcomes the Minister’s leadership in committing to developing a consensus position for a referendum on Constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples within this term of government and we look forward […]

Budget a hollow commitment to Australia’s First Peoples

Commenting on the Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “This Budget fails to address the great needs of Australia’s First Peoples in the critical areas of health and housing. “Oxfam is concerned that in responding to the Closing the Gap Refresh, the Government has addressed – in a questionable […]

Aboriginal-led solutions the key to “Close the Gap”

Responding to the 2019 Close the Gap Campaign report released today – on National Close the Gap Day – Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ National Program Coordinator Jimi Peters said: “Today’s Close the Gap report highlights the urgent need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to be front and centre in […]

Oxfam disappointed with limited focus of Closing the Gap report

Responding to the launch of the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report this morning, Oxfam Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “We are disappointed that the Prime Minister has limited his response to the Closing the Gap agenda by outlining new initiatives in only the area of education. […]

Unfinished business for our nation’s First Peoples must be a top priority: Oxfam

Commenting on the final report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples tabled in Federal Parliament today, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government has a unique opportunity to act on important unfinished business for Australia’s First Peoples, and the nation as a whole, and this should not […]

A show of strength: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Straight Talk

More than 70 strong, proud and purposeful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from throughout the country will head to Canberra to share their stories and sit down with women from all sides of politics at Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit later this month. Held from Sunday 26 November to Thursday 29 November, the […]

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