Close the Gap Day events being held across Queensland today are a powerful reminder that we must do more to fight indigenous disadvantage, LNP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Partnerships Dr Christian Rowan MP said today.
Dr Rowan will be one of the speakers at the National Close the Gap Day event being held this lunchtime at Bunyapa Park, in Brisbane's West End.
"Close the Gap Day offers us the chance to reflect on our responsibility to end the unacceptable disadvantage faced by so many indigenous Queenslanders and Australians," Dr Rowan said.
"The 11th Closing the Gap Report, released by the Prime Minister last month, showed that nationally we are on track to reach two of the seven original Closing the Gap targets.
"We are making progress as a nation to close the gap on early childhood education and Year 12 attainment.
"Disappointingly, Queensland so far has failed to meet any of the Closing the Gap targets.
"I believe every Queenslander deserves the right to a healthy future and educational opportunities.
"As Queenslanders, we must continue to strive to close the gap that blights so many lives.
"The LNP offers its ongoing support to the Queensland Government to close the gap that exists in services and outcomes for indigenous communities across our state."