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.
It was Labor that created the Close the Gap framework, and only Labor has a clear plan to meet the ambitious targets we designed when last we were in government.
Addressing Indigenous disadvantage will not happen in one term of government.
This is a multigenerational task and it is critical that we continue to build on the progress we have made to date.
After three years in which the Liberals have sidelined the voices of Aboriginal people, slashed funding for community controlled services and neglected the Closing the Gap Framework, Labor has put forward a series of positive policies to help close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
Labor’s positive policies include:
- Funding of $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 will be a key priority.
- Reforming the way fines are collected to reduce incarceration.
- Establishing a Kidney Health Taskforce to address gaps in service provision for people with chronic kidney disease.
- Rolling out the Deadly Choices program 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 support Indigenous students to succeed at school and engaging young Indigenous girls and boys in education through mentoring
- Investing $57 million in Indigenous Child and Family Centres.
These investments will help improve early childhood outcomes, health outcomes, education and employment outcomes, as we 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.