MP backs life ex­pectancy gap day

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

SWAN Hills MP Jes­sica Shaw has marked Na­tional Close the Gap Day by plac­ing her hand­print on a ban­ner to recog­nise the gap in life ex­pectancy be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and other Aus­tralians.

Ms Shaw joined other politi­cians in the cam­paign to help end health in­equal­ity and close the 10-year gap in life ex­pectancy by 2030.

“I was proud to pledge my sup­port for this ini­tia­tive,” she said.

“Clos­ing the gap is an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant is­sue for our lo­cal com­mu­nity, our coun­try, and needs to be ad­dressed at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

“I at­tended a num­ber of events in par­lia­ment this week aimed at rais­ing aware­ness and work­ing to­gether to find so­lu­tions.

“We have a high num­ber of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians in Swan Hills.

“There are sys­temic is­sues in our so­ci­ety that have led to un­equal em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, health, life ex­pectancy, crime and hous­ing out­comes.

“I don’t think it’s fair that on aver­age our first Aus­tralians will die 10 years ear­lier than the broader pop­u­la­tion – that’s why the cam­paign is so im­por­tant.

“It brings these is­sues di­rectly to the at­ten­tion of de­ci­sion-mak­ers.”

More than 95 per cent of WA politi­cians have thrown their sup­port be­hind the cam­paign by Ox­fam Aus­tralia.

Ox­fam Aus­tralia WA com­mu­nity cam­paigner Paddy Cullen said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see so many rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the state level echo­ing com­mu­nity sup­port for an end to health in­equal­ity in Aus­tralia.

MP Jes­sica Shaw stands in front of the ban­ner of hand­prints to show her sup­port for Na­tional Close the Gap Day.

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