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Political Journalist Jim Middleton says “quite frankly it’s a disgrace that in a rich nation like Australia, Indigenous Australians remain so far behind in two of the most fundamental figures – life expectancy and infant mortality'.

Political Journalist Jim Middleton says “quite frankly it’s a disgrace that in a rich nation like Australia, Indigenous Australians remain so far behind in two of the most fundamental figures – life expectancy and infant mortality". Mr Middleton told Sky News during Wednesday’s disappointing results in the Closing the Gap report, “the prime minister was quite right when he said we’re failing as far as this is concerned”.

“We did once have the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission which was supposed to give Indigenous Australians some autonomy in the way in which they dealt with their affairs,” he said. “That got abolished during the Howard years, so let’s hope for the sake of the life and welfare of Indigenous Australians that the new approach being proposed does a hell of a lot better than where we are to date.


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