It's not unexpected that, in presenting a report that confirms our national strategy to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is failing, a government -- any government -- would endeavour to put the best gloss on it. Thus, in reporting that we were on track in three of the seven Closing The Gap targets, Malcolm Turnbull yesterday pointed out this was the best result since 2011. Moreover, the government is "refreshing" the strategy, and made much of the consultation with Indigenous leaders and communities that is (finally) being undertaken in relation to it -- although the Prime Minister in question time seemed to suggest he wished the whole process would hurry up.

But the Prime Minister also devoted much of his speech yesterday -- around a fifth of it -- to boasting of his government's efforts to encourage Indigenous businesses: