States want more time for consultation due to risk of reinforcing view ‘government doesn’t listen to Indigenous people’

State governments have called on the Turnbull government to push back the deadline on resetting the closing the gap targets to allow more time for consultation or risk reinforcing the view that “this government doesn’t listen to Indigenous people”.

Indigenous affairs ministers from South Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory wrote to federal Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion this week suggesting the deadline for setting new targets be pushed from July 2018 to December 2018 “to accommodate jurisdictions’ respective cultural sensitivities, caretaker periods and seasonal weather considerations”.

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