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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Indigenous groups urge government to "stay the course" on closing the gap

Aboriginal groups have urged the Abbott government to "stay the course" in its efforts to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, warning cuts and funding uncertainty risk obstructing further improvements.

Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chairs Mick Gooda and Kirstie Parker today released the 2015 Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report, to coincide with the Prime Minister’s annual report card to Parliament on progress made to reduce Indigenous disadvantage. Key recommendations from the 2015 Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report include:

* That the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey (NATSIHMS) findings are used to better target chronic conditions in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
* That the Australian Government continues to lead the COAG Closing the Gap Strategy.
* That the Australian Government restore the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee.

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Indigenous groups urge government to "stay the course" on closing the gap

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