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Close the Gap program failing: Dodson

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Prof Dodson believes that the Closing the Gap program lacks buy-in from indigenous communities and needs to be restructured. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Prof Dodson believes that the Closing the Gap program lacks buy-in from indigenous communities and needs to be restructured. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

CANBERRA – 09/02/2016 06:31:18 AM [AAP] On the eve of the federal government handing down the annual Close the Gap report card on efforts to improve health and life expectancy for indigenous people, an Aboriginal leader has called for the program to be overhauled.

Professor Patrick Dodson says the biggest problem is the program doesn’t have a buy-in from indigenous communities and a new approach is desperately needed.

‘We’re basically changing the table cloth on a table without really realising that the white ants are eating the legs out of the table,’ he told ABC Radio.

Prof Dodson also raised concerns that prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was yet to pay much attention to indigenous affairs.


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