Close the Gap Report tabled
On 14 February, the day after the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples, the annual Close the Gap Report was tabled.
The annual Closing the Gap Report, released to coincided with the Apology anniversary, found that Australia is not on track to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, with the divide widening and deaths increasing when it comes to cancer.
State and federal governments are on track to meet just one of seven targets in the strategy, with setbacks in the areas of employment and child mortality and desired improvement only in the number of Indigenous students finishing year 12.
Jackie Huggins, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, called the report "extremely disappointing" and said community consultation and government funding need to be boosted.
"How we need to close the gap is through holistic, co-ordinated, co-developed, co-designed implementation, and that is how we're going to close the gap in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities," she told the ABC.
After the Turnbull government's recent "refresh" of its Indigenous advisory council, the Redfern Statement – a document outlining a series of recommendations from Aboriginal organisations spearheaded by the National Congress – was presented to Mr Turnbull on Tuesday morning.
Download the 2017 Closing the Gap Report
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions key to closing the gap" - Read Reconciliation Australia's response to the Report
Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement - Read the Media Release from the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
OXFAM Australia has initiated a campaign calling for proper funding of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples - read more
Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation
Events were held around Australia to commemorate this important day, including a morning tea organised by Link-Up Victoria at Darebin's Town Hall in Preston.
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