Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

National Close the Gap Day

3:56 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate:
notes that Tuesday, 18 September 2007 is National Close the Gap Day, a day on which Australians across the nation are coming together to show their support for closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians; and
calls on all federal, state and territory governments to take action to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within 25 years by:
increasing annual Indigenous health funding by $450 million to enable equal access to health services,
increasing Indigenous control and participation in the delivery of health services, and
addressing critical social issues, such as housing, education and self-determination, which contribute to the Indigenous health crisis.

Question put.