Reconciliation: Forty Years On

The Australian Institute of Policy and Science
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Australian Quarterly, 2007, May-June 2007 Commemorative Issue, 79 (3), pp. 48 - 53
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However sympathetic or unsympathetic a person might be to the idea of reconciliation, there is no hiding from the disparity in life chances and opportunities that lie in the socio-economic statistics that show that Aboriginal people continue to have poorer health, lower levels of education, higher levels of unemployment, poorer standards of housing and greater rates of incarceration. And it is impossible to argue that there is an even playing field when the life expectancy of Aboriginal people sits at 17 years less than that ofall other Australians. And while Indigenous disadvantageis one of the recurrent features of Indigenous communities across Australia, it is not the whole story.
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