The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday November 15 are the latest official estimates of life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The data reveals a slight narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
The ABS found that over the past five years the gap has been reduced by 0.08 years for men and 0.1 years for women.
Make no mistake - There is still a long way to go.
The Close the Gap Campaign Committee has released its briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.
Read the media release here
Minister Macklin's announcement today of Labor's Closing the Gap policy statement includes a welcome breakthrough with justice targets being included in the Closing the Gap framework.
The Labor policy commits to developing a new Closing the Gap target aimed at tackling the high rates of engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system, particularly young people.
Acknowledging that education and employment can be drivers of high incarceration rates, the additional commitment to these areas is a welcome component to this framework.
ANTaR NT's David Cooper attended the Alice Springs Grog Summit held on 30 and 31 July. Read the APONT Communique outlining the proceedings and identified priority areas here. Summit delegates agreed that there was an urgent need for action and better evidence to address alcohol related harm both in Alice Springs and across the NT.
The Greens have announced a plan to introduce Justice Reinvestment across Australia.
The plan includes investing $10 million over 4 years to establish a national centre for justice reinvestment; and $50 million over four years to fund a justice reinvestment grants program.
ANTaR welcomes this committment and urges the Government and opposition to match it.
The annual NRL Close the Gap round is fast approaching again and we need some volunteers to come and help get pledge signups at games. This is your chance to get along to an NRL game and put health inequality in the Sin Bin.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available at the games. Help us to collect pledge signatures from people attending the games and apply temporary tattoos to kids at the game and you’ll receive a ticket to watch the rest of the game! (You’re free to leave after half time if you wish)
ANTaR congratulates the co-chairs recently elected to head the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
Both Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer are extremely capable with exceptional leadership qualities and a long history working for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
ANTaR looks forward to working with both co-chairs in supporting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and in continuing the vital role of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.