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Closing the Gap: Indigenous Minister Linda Burney responds

Efforts to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians are falling embarrassingly short, a shocking new report has revealed.

The Productivity Commission has released a damning assessment of the national “Closing the Gap” targets.

Five key areas are falling woefully short, just two years since revised targets were set.

The areas most in need of improvement are childhood development, out-of-home care, adult imprisonment, deaths by suicide and maritime rights and interests.

“There are some disappointing results in the latest figures – it’s clear that more work needs to be done,” Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney said.

The report noted “modest improvements” had been made on life outcomes for children, better early childhood development with healthier birth weights, higher rates of school attendance and lower youth detention rates.

The national agreement on Closing…


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