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Only Labor has a plan to close the gap



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THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

MEMBER FOR BLAIR

THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR NORTHERN

AUSTRALIA

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR EXTERNAL TERRITORIES MEMBER FOR LINGIARI

ONLY LABOR HAS A PLAN TO CLOSE THE GAP

A Shorten Labor Government will reset relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Australians in a renewed push to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

Labor created the Closing the Gap framework, and only Labor has a clear plan to

meet the ambitious targets we designed when we were last in government.

Addressing Indigenous disadvantage will not happen in one term of government. This

is a multigenerational task and it is critical that we keep building on the progress we

have made to date.

After three years of the Liberals sidelining the voices of Aboriginal people, slashing

funding for community controlled services and neglecting the Closing the Gap

framework, Labor has put forward a series of positive policies to help close the gap.

Labor’s positive policies include:

 $15 million for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to provide a

national voice for Indigenous Australians.

 Replacing the Liberals’ failed Indigenous Advancement Strategy with a fairer

approach to funding Indigenous services that clearly aligns with the Closing

the Gap framework.

 Setting new Closing the Gap targets on justice, higher education and

disability.

 Increasing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

 Preventing and addressing family violence.

 Reforming the way fines are collected to reduce incarceration.

 Establishing a Kidney Health Taskforce to fix service gaps for people with

chronic kidney disease.

 Rolling out the Deadly Choices initiative to help Indigenous Australians make

healthy lifestyle choices.

 Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vision loss.

 Investing more than $100 million to help Indigenous students to succeed at

school and for mentors to engage young Indigenous girls and boys in

education.

 Investing $57 million in Indigenous Child and Family Centres.

Labor’s investments will improve early childhood outcomes, health outcomes,

education outcomes, and employment outcomes. We will drive a new agenda for

tackling the outrageously high levels of Indigenous incarceration and victimisation.

Most importantly - unlike the Liberals - Labor is committed to working in a meaningful

partnership with Indigenous Australians to close the gap and improve outcomes for

Indigenous Australians.

For more information on Labor’s plan, please visit:

http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/labors_positive_policies_to_close_the_gap

FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2016

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111