Feb 13, 2014

Justice and closing the gap: the prison target Aboriginal Australia needs

Some Aboriginal leaders say justice targets are needed to help close the gap. The federal government isn't keeping score yet, but advocates say it's tied to health outcomes.

In handing down the sixth annual Closing the Gap report on indigenous disadvantage, Prime Minister Tony Abbott introduced a new metric: to close the school attendance gap within five years. But it’s not the new target some Aboriginal leaders were expecting.

Many believed the government would add a target to address the shockingly high rate of indigenous incarceration.

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