As the Prime Minister delivers his closing the gap address to parliament today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR is calling for increased investment and certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and organisations.
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Like our supporters, we won’t accept the life of an Aboriginal child born today being a decade shorter than other Australian children.
The National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes has not been renewed, $170 million has been cut from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and preventive health funding has been cut in this year's federal budget.
There’s a serious risk that these measures will mean we can’t close the gap!
Headline results of the COAG Reform Council’s latest report on the closing the gap reform agenda.
Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair, Kirstie Parker, said the report shows some progress in reducing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. However, Ms Parker said the pace of change has to accelerate if we are to achieve the 2030 target of equal life expectancy for all Australians.
Addressing supporters at ANTaR’s National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, Kirstie Parker – Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Committee and Co-Chair of the National Congress – spoke about her vision of Australia becoming “a big and courageous nation” and overcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality.
ANTaR supporters joined the expected 150,000 people gathering around the country today to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality on National Close the Gap Day.
The Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, coordinated by ANTaR in partnership with Oxfam, was one of the record 1250 events taking place across the country.
Thanks to Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair Kirstie Parker for speaking at the picnic and to Michael West for his Welcome to Country.