Rudd marks 10 years since Stolen apology

The ten-year anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s televised apology to Aboriginal Peoples of Australia has sparked intense debate over how much has changed for our indigenous community

Closing the Gap can be realised

Kevin Rudd committed Australia to reducing the difference in life expectancies between Aboriginal and non-indigenous people on February 13, 2008, when he made a historic apology to Australia's indigenous minority for past injustices.

On track are the targets of halving the gap in year 12 attainment rates by 2020; halving the gap in child mortality by 2018; and ensuring that 95% of Indigenous four-year-olds were enrolled in early childhood education by 2025.

The Closing the Gap report found that the government was on track to achieve three of the seven targets of the strategy, up from one in 2017.

In the eight years from 2008 to 2016, 101 billion US dollars was spent by the government in an attempt to achieve the seven key targets to little avail.

Three of those four targets - the goal to close the gap in school attendance and halve the unemployment, school reading and numeracy gaps - are due to run out at the end of this year without ever being met.

The tenth annual "Closing the Gap" report said Australia was failing to meet its targets in four-out-of-seven measures.

The Closing the Gap decade has been a disappointment, with minimal improvement in the lot of Indigenous people. But Turnbull said he was waiting for an Indigenous Advisory Council to report back in April before making a decision. "One is our failure past year, and the other is the work being done on the ground by organisations".

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"When they signed it [Closing the Gap strategy] it was a signalling of intent to achieve the highest possible benchmark even if it meant it was going to be challenging".

"The last decade has given us a richer understanding about what works and what does not", he said, adding the most valuable lesson had come from working more closely with indigenous people.

On Tuesday Mr Rudd will speak at a breakfast in Parliament House to mark 10 years since the day he delivered the landmark apology and to address the Closing the Gap targets he launched in 2008.

Australia is failing to meet more than half of its targets aimed at improving the lives of its indigenous people, including increasing life expectancy and improving literacy, a government report said on Monday.

The new measures will be in addition to the government's $1 billion Indigenous procurement policy that directs public tenders to Indigenous-owned businesses. Other states and territories, bar Victoria, have similar compensation schemes.

"Compensation is about resolving some of the unfinished business of the apology".

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