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Feb 6, 2013

Crikey says: the gap is still a sorry chasm

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“I cannot conceal that these literacy and numeracy results are a source of personal disappointment. Last year’s optimism gives way this year to a starker realism.”

So said Julia Gillard in Parliament this morning as she released the latest “closing the gap” report on indigenous disadvantage.

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4 thoughts on “Crikey says: the gap is still a sorry chasm

  1. dazza

    Hands up those who have NOT stayed in Eddie Obeid’s ski lodge!!
    But you are right, This closing the gap report is far more important. I just heard some pollie from north QLD bagging the PM over this because she doesn’t believe stoping/preventing alcohol reaching these communities would decrease any alcohol fueled violence at all, even when the PM had the statistics in front of her?

  2. JMNO

    Isn’t it the tedious 3 years of Abbott as an Opposition leader? Intent not on keeping the Government honest, ensuring that legislation passed by the parliament is administered effectively, and putting forward policies as a viable alternative government, but on destroying the government by any means possible with the help of a compliant and unthinking media. Plenty of places operate quite effectively with a minority government and this minority government has been remarkably effective given the climate in which it has had to operate.

  3. Jim Moore

    The ill-gotten wealth of the likes of Obeid and the rest of the thieving rich is by far the major reason why governments don’t/can’t fund the massive amount of resources that are needed to solve all of the problems that many Aborigines as well as non-Aboriginal poor people suffer from. To imply that they aren’t entwined is simply sticking your head in the sand.

  4. Alex

    Here! Here! Well said, Crikey!

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