Labor fails Queensland in ‘Closing the Gap’ report

Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are being neglected under the Labor Palaszczuk Government, following the release of the 2019 Closing the Gap Report today.

It found Queensland is the only state or territory that isn’t on track to meet any of the seven targets.

LNP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Dr Christian Rowan said the Premier must lift her game.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s 2019 Closing the Gap report but it’s shocking that Queensland isn’t meeting these crucial targets,” Dr Rowan said.

“When it comes to closing the gap on indigenous disadvantage, Queensland is a national embarrassment under the Labor Palaszczuk Government.

“This report must be a wake-up call for Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“The Premier’s decision to close the Family Responsibilities Commission and slash funding to the Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) Van highlights how out of touch she is.

“Despite the proven success of the IDEAS van, an incredibly valuable indigenous health initiative which diagnoses and treats indigenous visual impairments, Annastacia Palaszczuk slashed funding.

“With only 34 per cent of Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships staff having confidence in their leadership, it’s clear that Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is not only out of touch with working alongside indigenous communities, but also her own department.

“Once again, I’m calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to put politics aside, to be accountable and work constructively and collaboratively towards Closing the Gap.

“Other states and territories are meeting key targets, but Queensland is failing under Palaszczuk and Trad.

“The LNP is committed to Closing the Gap.”

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