Senate debates

Thursday, 21 March 2013


National Close the Gap Day

3:27 pm

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

I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 21 March is National Close the Gap Day and that at least 900 community events are being held around the country, with an estimated 140 000 Australians expressing their support for continued investment to close the appalling gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians;

(b) affirms its commitment to the Close the Gap campaign Statement of Intent as the blueprint for action to close the health equality gap; and

(c) calls on the Government to continue:

(i) the funding of the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Health and to work with the states and territories to ensure that they commit to ongoing funding and continued transparency and accountability, and

(ii) to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representatives to continue to drive the development, implementation and monitoring of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.

Question agreed to.