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Closing The Gap 2.0

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Following years of failure, the 'Closing The Gap' agreement has been reset with 16 new targets to tackle Indigenous disadvantage. The old targets were not being realised, in the last report tabled in parliament earlier this year it was reported that only two of the seven government set targets to reduce Aboriginal disparity in health, education and employment outcomes were being met. That had been the annual result for several years, with the targets not being realised.

In a revised plan, all governments Federal, State, Territory and Local have committed to new goals for better outcomes for Indigenous Australians in coming years. Government has signed up with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, through the Coalition of Peaks, which helped to develop the plan and has also signed on. Today PM Morrison said; "(previously) We told Indigenous Australians what the gap was that we were going to close and somehow thought they should be thankful for that.... That was wrong-headed.... That wasn't the way to do it.... This is the task of us all. And for that to be successful, we need a partnership between all groups." Labor has said it also supports the new agreement.

The Closing The Gap agreement

http://www.closingthegap.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/national-agreement-ctg.pdf?q=0720

Is the new agreement achievable? Or, can we simply expect more failure despite the goodwill and best of intentions from all parties.
Posted by Paul1405, Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:43:34 PM
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Personally I would like to see people like Warren Mundine and Jacinta Price being heard. They are two very successful Indigenous people who are not afraid to speak truth. They also genuinely want change. Instead we get the same old, same old with many gutless conservatives parroting the same lines about disadvantage blah blah. No things won't improve until truths are faced.
Posted by runner, Friday, 31 July 2020 9:53:48 AM
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Yawn. This crops up every year, when the dust is shaken off the same report. The wording doesn't need changing because nothing actually changes for Aboriginal Australians still living in the Stone Age, with the addition of grog and other substances.

There is nothing hard about this "Gap" nonsense. There is nothing special about Aborigines, most of whom look after themselves in everyday Australia. Your remote black fella is still stuck in the living museum deliberately created by Whitlam and Coombes. Stupid governments over the years might as well have had an annual bonfire will all the taxpayer dollars they have wasted on a useless minority who are beyond help.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 31 July 2020 9:53:51 AM
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So after all these sequential failures, they have not learnt the lesson
that if it is still failing then it won't work.
Just pull out of all aboriginal funding and organisation and leave them
to get on with living.
When faced with reality they will do exactly as everyone else does,
either get a job or live hand to mouth.
All the rubbish about invasions, occupations etc has reached its use by date.
Posted by Bazz, Friday, 31 July 2020 10:07:09 AM
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Listen to Warren Mundine: http://www.skynews.com.au/details/_5977377494001

Government needs to support agricultural business in aboriginal communities until it becomes self supporting and pays tax. This with a time limit with the type of business.
Posted by Josephus, Friday, 31 July 2020 10:19:59 AM
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As we all know, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. The same goes with people. They have to want to move out of the drunken squalor they have chosen to line in, before anyone can help them out.

I'm afraid that until we perfect the new medical procedure of brain transplant, we are not going to be able to do much for some aboriginals, or the people who would attend a BLM protest/riot.
Posted by Hasbeen, Friday, 31 July 2020 10:27:06 AM
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