Tag Archives: Close the Gap

Close the Gap is a human rights movement aiming to improve the life opportunities, health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples. A Government policy initiative, Closing the Gap, defines targets for policy measures.

Let’s Listen to the Real Experts and Set Justice Targets

Justice targets are measurable goals which aim to reduce incarceration rates for Indigenous Australians. Their addition to the existing Closing the Gap targets, set collaboratively by all State and Territory governments, was announced in August 2013 by then Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin. This was a recommendation of then Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma in 2009’s Social Justice Report. How can this be a bad idea?

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Productivity Commission’s Report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The video below highlights the key findings from the 6th Productivity Commission Report into the wellbeing of Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage.

There is cause for hope that the improvements in child mortality, life expectancy, education and employment outcomes will continue to trend positively. However, it is still a major concern that statistics on chronic health problems, mental illness, community and family violence, illiteracy and rates of incarceration and interaction with the justice system remain unacceptably high for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.