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Aboriginal health and housing: under-funded and misdirected

The Government has missed the mark on Aboriginal health and housing according to the Greens.
"This budget goes no where near far enough to address the 17 year life expectancy age gap between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"Most of the new funding measures appear to be directed to regional and remote communities. The majority of Aboriginal Australians live in urban communities, but their life expectancy is just as bad as those in remote communities."
"Clearly government policies on Aboriginal issues are failing across the board not just in remote communities," said Senator Siewert.
"Aboriginal health and housing are sorely under-funded in this year's budget, a fraction of the $500 m/year needed for health or the $2.3 billion needed to catch up on housing."
"Despite recent international attention on Australia's record as last in the developed world on indigenous health and development, the Government has yet again failed to deliver on meaningful reform," she said.
"Having taken funding away from urban Aboriginal housing the Government has done nothing to ease housing affordability, leaving the majority of Aboriginal Australians worse off."

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