‘We are listening’: Anthony Albanese delivers annual ‘Closing the Gap’ statement

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has delivered the annual ‘Closing the Gap’ statement.

Mr Albanese said Australia has “overcome much” but gaps still exist including the “life expectancy gap that gaps us like a chasm.”

“That is inexcusable… we all agree that the status quo is unacceptable,” Mr Albanese said.

“We are listening to and working with communities … the government is committed to the ongoing national agreement on closing the gap.

“We are determined to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create new opportunities and achieve better outcomes at a local level.”