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Australia not whole until health gap closed: Greg Hunt

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced $35 million for Indigenous health projects and said Australia would not be whole until it achieved parity in the Closing the Gap targets.

As nationwide protests highlight disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the justice system, Mr Hunt conceded Australia had not closed the gap in health outcomes, including infant mortality rates.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the goal has to be parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the goal has to be parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“We haven’t closed the gap yet,” he told ABC’s Insiders program, acknowledging that while Indigenous infant mortality had dropped, the disparity had remained as non-Indigenous outcomes improved as well.

‘‘We have had a significant improvement in infant survival rates … and that should be celebrated but the job is not done,’’ he said. ‘‘The nation is not whole until we have achieved genuine parity.’’

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