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NSW hosts national Closing the Gap meeting


Key Aboriginal and government leaders will be welcomed to Sydney today by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin for the National Joint Council on Closing the Gap.

The biannual meeting will continue the progress of the Australian Federal, State and Territory Governments to address Closing the Gap priorities via genuine agreement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities from across the country.

Mr Franklin said he is delighted to welcome colleagues from the Joint Council on Closing the Gap to Gadigal land for the Council’s ninth meeting.

“I extend a warm welcome to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney, Aboriginal Affairs Ministers from other States and Territories, Council co-chairs and Aunty Pat Turner to Sydney as we  work  towards achieving socio-economic outcomes and equal  opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this country,” Minister Franklin said.

“It will take all of us on Joint Council sharing responsibility with Aboriginal organisations and communities to realise long-term generational change and equitable outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

“The NSW Government is committed to progressing work in the National Agreement and is proud of its achievements so far. I look forward to progressing this critical agenda and demonstrating once again NSW’s commitment and contribution to the 10-year Closing the Gap agreement at  today’s meeting.”

The Joint Council is an important forum to monitor performance of actions made jointly under the National Agreement and provides direction for future work that will be done hand in hand with Aboriginal communities to drive real and meaningful change across the state and country.

For more information on the Joint Council Closing the Gap.

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