Prime Minister Abbott reveals bad news about closing the gap.

Mar 14
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Ever since ‘Kevin 07’s’ famous “Sorry” speech, the unbalanced nature between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians has been a prime topic in Federal government and this covers all levels of disadvantage including funding, housing and living standards, employment and now children. Emma Griffith’s article with the ABC surrounding this topic has explained that the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, has delivered this year’s Closing the Gap report, which covers areas such as life expectancy, education and unemployment, and aims to breach the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030. However, he revealed the “bad news” that there has been almost no progress in closing the life expectancy gap and very little improvement in literacy. In the words of Tony Abbott himself according to Emma Griffith’s “And Indigenous employment, I deeply regret to say, has, if anything, slipped backwards over the past few years,” he said. “It’s hard to find work without a basic education and it’s hard to live well without a job.” In a report that discusses data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care, it has become apparent that non-Indigenous Australians live about 10 years longer than Aboriginal Australians, that the progress in closing the gap in literacy has improved in only Year 3 and Year 5 Reading (based on NAPLAN results) and that only 30 per cent of Indigenous adults in remote areas were employed in a mainstream job. In a further resource, a paper presents a snapshot of data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care. It states… “Between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012, for every 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia, 41.9 had child protection records of substantiated harm or risk of harm from abuse or neglect. This means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were almost 8 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be the subject of substantiated reports of harm/risk of harm” In a nutshell, this gap in non-indigenous well-being has become a somewhat domino effect with the lack of nurturing and education of indigenous children reflecting on their future employment. Will this gap ever be closed? Stay tuned to this space for further solutions from our Indigenous Employment and Vulnerable Children NT conferences! photo credit: strangejourney via photopin cc To receive regular newsletters including great insights, tips and how to’s – sign up here to our blog newsletter

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