Im­por­tant days

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

NA­TIONAL Sorry Day, on Tues­day, May 26, and Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week, start­ing May 27, are two of the most im­por­tant dates in the cal­en­dar for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples.

These eight days are an op­por­tu­nity for all Queens­lan­ders to re­flect on the part they can play – whether big or small – on our jour­ney to­wards rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

It is also an op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralians across the coun­try to re­flect on the past and fo­cus on how to im­prove the fu­ture for indigenous Aus­tralians.

Sadly, Queens­land is fail­ing to meet al­most all the Clos­ing the Gap tar­gets set 12 years ago.

There have been im­prove­ments across some in­di­ca­tors but it is not good enough.

It is im­per­a­tive we pro­tect indigenous health by keep­ing these com­mu­ni­ties safe and pro­vide them with the nec­es­sary pro­grams and fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Chris­tian Rowan MP, Shadow Min­is­ter for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Part­ner­ships

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