/ 06 August 2021

Coughing up cash to Close The Gap

PM Scott Morrison yesterday committed the Federal Government to a $1 billion ‘implementation plan’ to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Aussies by 2031. Long plagued by failure to meet targets across health, education, justice, and employment, the system has been overhauled by Indigenous policymakers. In his annual Closing the Gap update to Parliament yesterday, Morrison said it would be a “rocky” road ahead, with 3 of 17 targets considered to be ‘on track’. There was also a breakthrough for the Stolen Generations of the Northern Territory and the ACT – the Commonwealth will put up $378 million for a long-awaited redress scheme. Western Oz and Queensland are now under pressure to put schemes in place. Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said his mother was a member of the Stolen Generations, and he understood that “you can’t undo the emotional impact that has … it stays with us.”

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