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PM Delivers "Closing the Gap" Report

PM Delivers

The Closing the Gap decade has been a disappointment, with minimal improvement in the lot of Indigenous people.

The three unfulfilled goals, to close the gap school attendance, to halve the gap in unemployment rates and school literacy and numeracy results, will be reviewed.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says while some targets are not on track to be met, there has been solid progress in other areas compared with a decade ago.

Australia's prime minister released the latest report card on Monday assessing the nation's attempt to eliminate disadvantages faced by the indigenous population.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will detail the progress on Closing the Gap. This is tragically transparent across the areas Closing the Gap was to fix, including health, education, child abuse, alcohol and drug misuse, income, employment, life expectancy and incarceration.

"The important thing is that we do things with indigenous Australians, not do things to them", he said.

Kevin Rudd's Stolen Generations apology sparked tears in Canberra and throughout Australia when he read it out on February 13, 2008.

"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", Rudd said. "I say to the Prime Minister and the Government - we will work with you, but we will not wait for you".

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Bill Shorten will pledge compensation for those who have slipped through the cracks since the National Apology.

"It was not just an expression of sorrow or regret - but a declaration of intent, a promise for action".

Survivors would be offered payments of $75,000 to resolve "unfinished business", including $7,000 for a one-off payment for funeral costs.

The National Healing Fund will be administered by the Healing Foundation, an indigenous-run organisation that supports the ongoing needs of the Stolen Generations with services such as counselling, family reunion, return to country and support for elderly survivors.

Mr Shorten says in the past 10-years, state Labor and Liberal governments - apart from Victoria - have established different forms of compensation for members of the Stolen Generations.

He also welcomed suggestions the Turnbull government may be open to the idea of including targets on incarceration rates and child protection.

The extent of failure was underscored in recent days in a damning report by the independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar.


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