Australia is failing to improve Aboriginal lives, report says

Australia is failing to improve Aboriginal lives, report says

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, who comprise about 3% of Australia's population, continue to experience high levels of disadvantage.

Those targets are reducing infant mortality, enrolling more children in early childhood education, and improving high school completion rates.

"A couple of simple things have turned it around".

All states except the Northern Territory are on track to achieve the early childhood targets and only South Australia, Western Australia, the NT and the ACT met the numbers for year 12 attainment. "One is our failure previous year, and the other is the work being done on the ground by organisations".

The Prime Minister has handed down the 10th annual "Closing the Gap" report in Federal Parliament.

As well, three of the remaining four targets - to halve the gaps in employment, reading and numeracy, and in school attendance for indigenous students - are due to expire in 2018.

Mr Wyatt has defended the targets, and knocked back suggestions they were too ambitious.

"The reality is that when you have policies across generations of people created to remove the identity, created to disconnect them from family and culture, is that those impacts over generations will be felt for generations", Mr Wyatt said.


"A major reason, although by no means the only one, we're languishing in meeting a number of targets is the uncertainty in government's financial effort over recent years and this needs to be named for what it is, rather than being buried in an increasingly indecipherable lump of statistical mud", Rudd said.

"What I like about the refresh is it gives us a chance to look at the targets, are they the right targets or do we define them, like child mortality, in a slightly different way", Wyatt said.

Sixty Indigenous leaders were summoned to Canberra last week for high-level consultations on how to overhaul the Closing the Gap scheme.

The government said the policy would be revised with new goals later in 2018.

The Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) announced on Monday that if it is elected to government it would introduce a national compensation scheme which would make Stolen Generation survivors in the Northern Territory (NT) eligible for up to 58,000 USA dollars in compensation.

Spokesman Pat Dodson said the program's design would be "empathetic to their situation".

"It's made a big difference to me in my life, through my life, where I've journeyed, it's made a difference to my children, and my brother and sisters", he said.

Mr Shorten has also committed $10 million to a "National Healing Fund" to help the Stolen Generations and their descendants, including support for family reunions and counselling.

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