The disconnect between the presentation of Closing the Gap reports — more pages, lots of graphs, lots of photos — and their findings has been growing. This year’s genereously illustrated 104-page report, the twelfth, makes clear that only two of the program’s seven targets can be met, and the gap is becoming a chasm.
Presenting the report to parliament yesterday, prime minister Scott Morrison described it as a “stark and sobering” tale of “hope, frustration and disappointment.” He said something very similar last year, calling out the failure of the current approach and the hubris of those who had created it.
Yet the past year has not only seen problems go unresolved, it has also seen considerable progress in some areas — and enough of each to generate both scepticism and optimism.
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