Closing the Gap is a practical and empirical project. It aims to make a measurable difference in the areas of mortality rates, early childhood education, literacy and numeracy, Year 12 attainment, employment outcomes, life expectancy, services and infrastructure provision. Closing the Gap targets are designed to hold us accountable to our ambitions. It provides the foundations for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage.
It is with deep and mixed emotion that I, Ken Wyatt, as an Aboriginal man with Noongar, Yamitji and Wongi heritage, stand before you as an equal. It is an honour to be the first indigenous Australian in the House of Representatives in the federal parliament.