Narungga elder and recipient of the 2015 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award
Tauto Sansbury, a Narungga elder, has worked in Aboriginal affairs for more than 30 years, advocating and working for Aboriginal people in all areas of Aboriginal disadvantage. He was the recipient of the 2015 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.
Closing the Gap is just another set of targets put in place by non Indigenous people, and will eventually be replaced by something else when the reality sets in, in 2018, that it has failed, that the rhetoric never provided a magic bullet to end our disadvantage.
The impact of current government policies of forced removal and closure of communities, of deregistration of thousands of Aboriginal sites, will be absolutely catastrophic for us. It will also make Australia poorer as a nation.