Close the Gap Campaign Officially launched
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Sorry to Stolen GenerationSorry Day SpeechWider recognition of Sorry Day in Australia begins movements towards addressing issues such as those raised by the Close the Gap Campaign
Statement of Intent to Close the Gap signed by Federal GovernmentThose that signed the petition:
-Representative of the Australian Government (Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition leader Brendan Nelson)
-National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
-Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
-Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
-Indigenous Dentists Association of Australia
-Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
-Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Premier Brumby signs Statement of Intent to Close the Gap
First Victorian Government Progress report into Closing the Gap PublishedRead report
- Awarding 24 young Indigenous students
$5,000 Education Scholarships to support them to complete VCE,
-From January 2009, up to 10hours per week of kindergarten
is free for all Indigenous 3 and 4 year old children.
- Speeding up of Native Entitlement claims
- Registering of Aboriginal Parties to assist Heritage Council increasing
- Statewide Indigenous Forum
Victorian Government 2010-2013 Indigenous Framework releasedFull framework Brumby government releases plans for upcoming years with specific targets in maternal health development, economic development and education.
Report release by Victorian Government regarding status of Indigenous Victorian ChildrenFindings indicate:
half as likely to have completed Year 12 or equivalent if they are between the ages of 20 and 24;
· three times more likely to be processed by police;
· three times more likely to have two unemployed parents;
· twice as likely to suffer eye and ear problems;
· over represented in the child protection system; and
· more likely to be exposed to issues of substance use, violence, crime and psychological distress and have experienced racism and discrimination.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare finds spending on Indigenous Australian health significantly lower than for non-IndigenousReview of spending for 2006-7
Spending in primary health care for Indigenous Australians versus non-Indigenous Australians made available by AMA show a difference of $236 dollars in spending outlay at a Federal level.
Change of Government, Ted Baiilieu elected PremierTed Baillieu elected Premier of Victoria. Jeannette Powell appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs .
National Close the Gap day has highest number of registered events everRead more850 events are registered across Australia with ten of thousands taking part.
Oxfam Close the Gap ForumPublic forum held to engage Victorians in review of State Government's approach to "Closing the Gap"
First Baillieu Gov't Progress report into 2010-2011 Aboriginal Affairs expectedThe 2009-2010 Progress Report is still yet to be released, but the past pattern of report release suggests the State Government will release by October.