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, […]
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. […]
Responding to the report published today by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Oxfam Australia Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Along with many major Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation. “Despite the […]
Thousands of people around the country are calling for governments to make health equality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians an urgent priority. Today is National Close the Gap Day, and tens of thousands of people attending more than 800 registered events will mark the day across the country – from […]
Australians around the country will be lending their support to the nation’s biggest grassroots movement to close the widening gap in life expectancy between Australia’s First Peoples and non-Indigenous people. About 640 people have registered events for National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 15 March, with thousands more expected to attend those events. The […]
Commenting on the tenth anniversary of the controversial Northern Territory Intervention, Oxfam Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Program National Manager Justin McCaul said: “Political leaders should acknowledge the failure of the Northern Territory Intervention and recast policies to generate jobs and cut the horrendous rates of imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]
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.
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.
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.