Closing the Gap advisers get more time to consult
A planned reboot of the Closing the Gap program will be pushed back to late October after states, territories and indigenous advisers complained a planned June timetable was too rushed.
After indigenous representatives met for two days in Canberra this week, Malcolm Turnbull yesterday cited the advice of educationalist Chris Sarra to do things “with — not to” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The Prime Minister has pushed for the Closing the Gap scheme to revise its focus after only one of its seven outcomes — Year 12 or equivalent attainment — was on track to be met.
He will deliver the 10th annual Closing the Gap report to parliament on Monday, with results expected to be no better than last year’s.
Five indigenous affairs ministers wrote to Mr Turnbull in October warning that his “refresh” drive did not allow enough consultation time and asking that the deadline be pushed back to the end of the year. The October date is a compromise.
Consultations on possible changes will be held in coming weeks.
The ministers also insisted the consultations form the main basis for any changes, rather than these being the result of “predetermined outcomes”.