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The Indigenous communities of Australia are continuously being abused, mistreated and discriminated against. This needs to stop. The Australian Government started the 'Closing the Gap' campaign 10 years ago and even though some things have improved about half of the 'Closing the Gap' campaign criteria hasn’t been reached. These criteria includes school attendance, reading and numeracy, employment and life expectancy.

 

As Australia have not completed some of the criteria of the 'Closing the Gap' criteria it shows that the indigenous community are living poorly just because they are indigenous. This is a violation of a section Article 2 of The universal declaration of human rights which states that 'Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.'

 

Currently only 83.2% of indigenous school goers attend school. This is because of fear of discrimination, fear of physical and mental abuse. This can be changed by the government enforcing harsher punishments on racism and provide more funding and effort to educate the indigenous community. The latest statistics show that the average life expectancy for indigenous males is 69.1 years and 73.7 years for females, this is compared to the average life of non-indigenous males being 79.7 years and 83.1 years for females. This is a gap of 10.6 for males and 9.5 for females, this is totally unacceptable and lots more effort should be put in to close this gap. This should include funding for treatment, funding for education so they can get jobs to make money to pay for treatment.

 

 On employment between the age of 15-64 the percentage of the indigenous people working is 48.0 compared to non-indigenous who's percentage is approximately 72 percent. This is a huge gap of 24 percent. This means that that in every hundred non-indigenous people aged 15-64 there is a massive 24 more workers than in every hundred indigenous people aged 15-64. With this gap it means that the indigenous community is slowly becoming poorer compared to the non-indigenous community.  As I have already said because they don't have that much money they can't pay to get educated which in turn would help them to get better funding.

 

Some of the 'Closing the Gap' sections have worked as they have dropped the child mortality rate of the indigenous community by 35 percent, this shows that the 'Closing the Gap' campaign does work. So instead of abandoning the 'Closing the Gap' campaign completely as it is shown that it does work I would like their to be more funding and effort put into the Closing the Gap campaign to help the indigenous community.

 Bibliography

Child protection Australia 2014–15 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2016). Child protection Australia 2014–15. [online] Available at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/child-protection/child-protection-australia-2014-15/contents/table-of-contents [Accessed 21 Mar. 2018].

 

Employment | Closing the Gap Closingthegap.pmc.gov.au. (2018). Employment | Closing the Gap. [online] Available at: https://closingthegap.pmc.gov.au/employment [Accessed 21 Mar. 2018].

 

Healthy Lives | Closing the Gap Closingthegap.pmc.gov.au. (2018). Healthy Lives | Closing the Gap. [online] Available at: https://closingthegap.pmc.gov.au/healthy-lives [Accessed 21 Mar. 2018].

 

Summary | Closing the Gap Closingthegap.pmc.gov.au. (2018). Summary | Closing the Gap. [online] Available at: https://closingthegap.pmc.gov.au/executive-summary [Accessed 21 Mar. 2018].

 

 



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