Modern day scars
Many young Aboriginal people today are wearing scars on their chests. Unlike the traditional tribal scars that were inflicted with humility and courage, these modern-day scars represent a very different story. These scars are a story of decades of systemic failings and the discrimination of the oldest living culture on the planet - the First Nations people of Australia.
In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
Over 1600 hundred community and corporate events across the country today signalled the need for a recommitment to health equality this election year. Thank to those of you who joined us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Redfern Community Centre. Read our National Close the Gap Press Statement here.
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather this morning to join us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic. Big thanks to Close the Gap Co-Chair Jackie Huggins from National Congress of Australia's First Peoples who spoke about the unacceptable 10 year life expectancy gap that must be closed.