Oxfam Australia Straight Talk

A proud, straight-talking woman

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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.

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The fight for Aboriginal land rights continues

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Cissy grew up seeing her elders fighting for the rights of Aboriginal people – and she is now one of many leading this fight.

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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, […]

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Indigenous Knowledge is Eternal

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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 […]

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A step closer to recognising Indigenous Australians in our constitution

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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 […]

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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!

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ChangeCourse mentor Aaron Nagus greeting participants at the airport. Photo: Bonnie Hook/OxfamAUS

The ChangeCourse journey: part 1

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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.

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Rock for Recognition

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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 […]

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Campaigning to Close the Gap at the NRL

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Last weekend, campaigners and volunteers hit footy grounds across the country to talk to fans about Indigenous health inequality, as part of the Close the Cap National Rugby League round. When I left home early on Saturday morning, I must admit to being slightly nervous about the reception we would receive. League fans are out to […]

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Close the Gap and the NRL tackling Indigenous health inequality

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For the fifth year running, the NRL is dedicating a round of matches to Close the Gap – Australia’s largest campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The round (3-6 August) will raise awareness of Indigenous health inequalities, but also encourage further cooperation to Close the Gap between our leaders and communities! Remind […]

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www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw2012/

National Reconciliation Week 2012

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The theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘Let’s Talk Recognition’ – and with nearly 300 events registered, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to do just that.

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Closing the Gap profile: Moss Vale High School

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Oxfam volunteer Sarah Morris profiles Moss Vale High School, where students are preparing for National Close the Gap Day, one of the biggest days on their school calendar.

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The Close the Gap NRL round from the inside

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Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet on average an Aboriginal child born today will still live for many years less than a non-Aboriginal child.Why is it important for rugby league to join the campaign to close this gap? It’s very, very important. A lot of people can look at third […]

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