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Lessons for federal reform: COAG reform agenda 2008–2013 was released this week. A five year review of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) progress on its reform agenda, the report finds some good progress, but the overall results were mixed.
Close the gap campaign co-chair Mick Gooda, who is also Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, said Australia was on track to halve the gap in child death rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. He noted that the COAG Reform Council report did not contain new data but it highlights the importance of collaboration and coordination between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 'We need effective collaboration and coordination across all governments if we are to be successful in the long-term challenge of Closing the gap,' said Mr Gooda.
Close the gap campaign co-chair Kirstie Parker, who is also co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, said the report highlights issues contained in a brief produced by the Close the gap campaign to guide the new Federal Government as Parliament prepares to sit for the first time next week. 'This report demonstrates that we are making progress but we must redouble our efforts. Closing the gap is a national priority that requires coordination and collaboration, spanning policy cycles, funding agreements and governments.'
Source: Australian Human Rights Comission, COAG Reform Council