Feb 9, 2018

How Closing The Gap fell apart

As the tenth anniversary of Closing The Gap nears, a report has detailed how some very Canberran failings wrecked it.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

There's plenty of blame to go around for the failure of the Closing The Gap effort over the last decades. It's been the victim of funding cuts, Canberra's insular mentality and our federal structure that makes dealing with Indigenous issues an exercise in almost Kafkaesque bureaucratic complexity.

Monday's Closing the Gap report, marking a decade since the Stolen Generations Apology and nearly ten years since Kevin Rudd committed the Commonwealth to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030".

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