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Prime Minister Rudd delivers second Closing the Gap statement to Parliament

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered his second 'Closing the Gap' statement to Parliament on 11 February 2010. He defended the present Government's record on reducing Indigenous disadvantage.

The Prime Minister stated that the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is smaller than first thought. He explained that although it is good news, it is the result of having more reliable data, rather than the result of having any real improvement on the ground. The life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is now believed to be 11.5 years for men and 9.7 for women, which is less than the 17-year gap that was thought to have existed a year ago.

In his 'Closing the Gap' statement the Prime Minister addressed each of the six targets that were set in 2008.

Mr Rudd also announced funding of $9.1 million over three years for 10 new mothers and babies services, as well as some funding for seventeen new school-based sports academies to be opened across the country.

Mr Rudd stated that there is evidence to suggest that some progress may have been made for closing the gap but the progress is clearly too slow.

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Last updated: 6 April 2010
 
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