In­dige­nous help costs ‘ dou­ble’

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

PUB­LIC spend­ing on in­dige­nous Aus­tralians is dou­ble that of non­indige­nous peo­ple.

A Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments pub­lic ex­pen­di­ture re­port said higher in­dige­nous dis­ad­van­tage was the rea­son for the spend­ing gap, along with their greater el­i­gi­bil­ity for gov­ern­ment ser­vices, of­ten more costly to pro­vide in re­mote ar­eas.

COAG cal­cu­lates $ 40,228 is spent on in­dige­nous peo­ple per head of pop­u­la­tion com­pared with $ 18,351 for non­indige­nous Aus­tralians.

The com­mon­wealth, state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments spent $ 21.9 bil­lion on help­ing in­dige­nous Aus­tralians in 2008/ 09.

In­dige­nous peo­ple con­tinue to have a much lower life ex­pectancy, with men liv­ing 11.5 years less and women dy­ing 9.7 years sooner.

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