After closing the Gap report, Scott Morrison is beaten by indigenous MPs about Aboriginal well-being
Scott Morrison is beaten by indigenous MPs to suggest that “real progress” has been made in the well-being of Aboriginals, despite the “gloomy” report revealing alarming figures
- The Closing the Gap report showed that Aboriginal welfare was still missing
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued that the reporting methods did not show the positive points
- Indigenous MPs said “bad policies” such as the cashless welfare card
The latest report on the well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander has been labeled as “gloomy” by indigenous MPs after it has revealed poor health and job results.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will release the final report Closing the Gap on Wednesday and declare that things are “better than they were … but we have not made as much progress as we should now”.
“There is much more to do and we will do it differently by working together,” he is expected to do.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been criticized by indigenous MPs after saying that the reporting methods of the Closing the Gap report did not reflect the positive aspects of indigenous Australians
“By moving from good intentions and sky-high ambitions to local, practical action driven by local leaders and local needs with clear responsibility and a clear view of the community.”
The report reveals that indigenous health and employment are still a cause for concern.
In 2018, the native infant mortality rate was 141 per 100,000 – twice the rate for non-native children. that’s 67 per 100,000.
Life expectancy is 71.6 years for indigenous men (8.6 years less than non-indigenous men) and 75.6 years for indigenous women (7.8 years less than non-indigenous women).
In 2018, native labor participation was 49 percent compared to 75 percent for non-native Australians.
The annual report was initiated by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd after the formal apologies to the stolen generations.
Native NT senator Malarndirri McCarthy said the lack of progress was a direct consequence of poor government policies such as the cashless welfare card
Morrison believes that the reporting method has many shortcomings, has masked ‘real progress’ and has failed to build lasting partnerships with indigenous communities.
“The goals do not celebrate the strengths, achievements and ambitions of indigenous people,” he will say.
But the native NT senator Malarndirri McCarthy said the dollar was over, and the lack of progress was a direct result of poor government policy.
“If we look at policies such as the cashless debit card, which anchors First Nations people in poverty, we will of course not see the results we want to see in health, education, housing, life expectancy,” she told AAP.
“You have to do more than say it’s someone else’s problem, Prime Minister.”
Native MP Linda Burney hurled lack of improvement in the infant mortality rate for Aboriginal children and said that the people who were members were “people not statistics”
Linda Burney, another native MP, said the situation was bleak.
“The people who suffer are not statistics, they are real people,” she said.
“I think most people find it completely unacceptable if the infant mortality rate for Aboriginal children is the infant mortality rate across the board.”
Only two of the goals are assessed as ‘on schedule’.
The goal of 95% of all native four-year-olds being enrolled in pre-school education by 2025 is almost achieved with an enrollment rate of 86.4% in 2018, compared to 91.3% of non-native children.
The halving of the gap in reaching year 12 is also on schedule.
In 2018/19, 66 percent of native Australians between the ages of 20 and 24 had reached the age of 12 or equivalent.
Over the course of the decade, the proportion of native Australians between the ages of 20 and 24 increased by year 12 or equivalent by 21 percentage points.
The annual report was initiated by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd after the formal apologies to the stolen generations