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The Close the gap campaign's Co-Chairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda, and National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking Dr Tom Calma, are looking forward to working with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to meet the government's commitments to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. They also praised former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's achievements including the Indigenous health equality statement of intent which was signed by the Government and Opposition in 2008.
The comments were made at a workshop held last week in Canberra titled ‘Close the gap - making it happen' that included key Indigenous and non-Indigenous health peak bodies and experts from across Australia's non-government and government sectors. The workshop focused on strategies to actualise the the government's commitments to Closing the gap, particularly to develop a long term national action plan in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.