Australia renews strategy to improve living conditions for Aborigines

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In Australia, the federal and state governments on Thursday renewed their 10-year plan called "Closing the Gap", which aims to improve the lives of Aborigines.

The federal government and the states are also committed to combating systemic racism within government organizations.

In 2010, Australian governments implemented the strategy Fill the gap in order to increase the life expectancy of Aborigines and reduce their representation in the prison population, but these goals have not been met.

The life expectancy of Indigenous Australians is still 8 years less than that of non-Indigenous people. Indigenous peoples make up 3% of Australia's population, but they make up 29% of the prison population.

We have a huge task ahead of usOpposition Indigenous Affairs Officer in Parliament Linda Burney told ABC.

The new goals, which were developed by Indigenous organizations, include reducing Indigenous incarceration by 15% for adults and 30% for 10 to 17 year olds.

Australia still allows the imprisonment of children as young as 10 years old. Last week, a parliamentary council rejected a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14.

"These cuts are not enough targets," says co-chair of the national Aboriginal legal services organization, Cheryl Axleby. We must be able to see a radical change in the coming years. "

The new targets for Australia’s governments come as police blocked a protest against police brutality and racial discrimination.

More than 430 deaths have occurred in Australian prisons since 1991.

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