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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 […]

Opinion – Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, 13 May: Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta woman and the National Manager of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program. In this election campaign, the major parties have together pledged more than $100 billion in new spending commitments, […]

The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters

First published in RendezView on Thursday, 9 May: The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters Dr Helen Szoke is Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive. While the Australian Government attempts to defend its indefensibly weak emissions targets, Mozambique is coming to terms with the devastation caused by an unprecedented two deadly cyclones in less than […]

Our reliance on coal is entrenching poverty around the world

In the midst of raging bushfires in Queensland, and in the wake of dire warnings from the world’s climate scientists on the perils of new coal, Adani has announced it will proceed with opening up the last major untapped coal resource in Australia by self-financing its Carmichael coalmine. From worsening fire seasons to the heartbreaking […]

Developing countries are putting Australia to shame on refugees

Today, the signatures of about 170,000 concerned Australians from across the country will be handed over at Parliament House, calling for the Government to get all refugee children off Nauru. The Kids Off Nauru campaign has mobilised people in support of getting children off the tiny island country and raised awareness of the fact the […]

The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

The Torres Strait Islands Are Being Buried By Sea And Nobody Seems To Care

On the island of Masig in Australia’s remote Torres Strait, engineering officer Songhi Billy feels a sense of hopelessness as he watches his home being ‘eaten away’ by the sea. Meanwhile, across the Strait on Boigu Island, residents are watching the graves of their ancestors at risk of being washed away.  These are the confronting […]

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