Topic archives: Closing the Gap

Turnbull tells Indigenous people: entrepreneur your way over that gap!

February 13, 2018 5

If only grants to Indigenous businesses were a Closing The Gap indicator, things would be looking up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people...

Another Closing The Gap report confirms lack of even painfully slow progress

February 13, 2018 1

Another year, another report showing that we're failing to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Crikey Worm: how rich is the Catholic Church really?

February 12, 2018

Good morning, early birds. A startling Fairfax investigation has revealed the true wealth of the Catholic Church in Australia. Plus, the Prime Minister prepares to deliver the 10th annual Closing the Gap report. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

How Closing The Gap fell apart

February 9, 2018 13

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

Rundle: time to do better than Closing the Gap

February 16, 2017 18

We need more targeted, concrete, imaginative and audacious strategies, rather than the half-baked arse-covering you see in the current Closing the Gap reports.

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

February 14, 2017 1

The 2017 Closing the Gap report shows disappointingly little progress toward targets for removing or reducing the gap in health and educational outcomes for indigenous Australians.

Why all Territorians should tell the census they are indigenous

August 9, 2016 7

Hopefully, if enough Territory whitefellas change their identification on the census form, it will eventually force the Commonwealth to provide funding based on socio-economic disadvantage and not on identity, writes Rolf Gerritsen.

From Rudd to Turnbull, how each PM has approached Closing the Gap

February 11, 2016 3

How have last four PMs approached Closing the Gap? Crikey intern April Dudgeon reports.

Another disappointing Closing The Gap report confirms need for change

February 10, 2016 7

Yet again a Prime Minister has risen to announce that we are not on track to close the gap between the health and educational outcomes of Indigenous Australians and the rest of us.

Rundle: how to make real progress on Closing the Gap

Rundle: how to make real progress on Closing the Gap

February 12, 2015 12

The stagnant problems that "Close the Gap" has identified are either extremely complex and multidimensional, or they are simple and being made complex by the notion that they can be solved without the application of sufficient money to solve them.

Report card: Tony fails as the ‘PM for Aboriginal affairs’

Report card: Tony fails as the ‘PM for Aboriginal affairs’

February 11, 2015 12

If Tony Abbott wants to get real about closing the gap, he first needs to appoint an actual, learned minister for indigenous affairs, writes former Labor adviser Rita Markwell.

Closing the gap on work: a misframed debate that needs new thinking

Closing the gap on work: a misframed debate that needs new thinking

April 10, 2014

How do we get more Aboriginal adults into the workforce? Old thinking needs to be thrown out -- Tony Abbott needs a radical new agenda, writes indigenous academic Jon Altman from the Australian National University.

Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

February 14, 2014 23

Tony Abbott's Closing the Gap speech was one of the best of recent times, but he will have nowhere to hide if results do not improve.

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

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

February 13, 2014

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.

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

September 6, 2013

Despit the epidemic of indigenous poverty, neither major party has a comprehensive policy to address it. Jon Altman, professor at ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, says only the Greens have a different approach.

PromiseWatch 2013: indigenous affairs and closing the gap

May 8, 2013 1

Take a look at how the political parties stack up on indigenous affairs. Crikey's Andrew Crook and CPD researcher Julia Hosking trawl through the parties' pre-election policies.

‘Evaluation fetishism’ is not Closing the Gap

April 30, 2013 1

With incomplete reporting and many Closing the Gap goals not on track, is the policy really working? Professor Jon Altman of the ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research reports.

Seeking truth from facts in indigenous employment data

Seeking truth from facts in indigenous employment data

February 11, 2013 3

There's plenty of good news in the "closing the gap" report on indigenous employment. But the program outcomes are far from clear, writes ANU's Professor Jon Altman.

Where are the indigenous leaders?

February 11, 2013 2

Crikey readers weigh in.

Gillard is wrong, bans won’t stop those ‘rivers of grog’

Gillard is wrong, bans won’t stop those ‘rivers of grog’

February 8, 2013 20

Grog is destroying lives in Aboriginal communities, but race-based bans don't work. Julia Gillard wants to re-introduce a list of people banned from buying alcohol but the data doesn't support her.