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Closing the Gap targets 'premised on better outcome' for Indigenous children

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt has dismissed questions over whether today's Closing the Gap announcement was prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, insisting it was to provide better outcomes for Indigenous people and their children.

The announcement will unveil 16 new targets to help track the progress of improving the health and living conditions of Aboriginal Australians and will include measures targeting the reduction of incarceration rates and early childhood education.

Mr Wyatt told Sky News all the targets were “premised on a better outcome in life, even incarceration rates".

"If we get the foundation in the early years right and we have a solid start in the first eight years of a child’s life, then evidence show they are less likely to end up in the pathway to recidivism, to incarceration and to the downsides in life because they are better placed to take the journey through to … whatever opportunities prevail," he said.

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Mr Wyatt said the key difference between the targets to be announced on Thursday and those developed and agreed to under the Rudd government was these were “co-designed” with Indigenous communities.

"What was left out [previosuly] was the important ingredient of having Aboriginal people see it and negotiate paragraph by paragraph and for states and territories to endorse it, to accept responsibility, to be accountable and they themselves will report on it in their own parliament," he said.

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