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Wagga elders sceptical over Close the Gap forum | The Daily Advertiser



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Wagga’s Aboriginal leaders fear that the relationship between police and Indigenous youth is continuing to deteriorate, with no signs of improvement any time soon. Their comments come in the aftermath of the 2021 Close the Gap report, which found that Australia was not on track to meet its target of reducing the adult Indigenous incarceration rate by 15 per cent by 2031. If anything the gap has only widened, with incarceration rates rising to over 1900 per 100,000 people, up from around 1420 per 100,000 in 2008. IN OTHER NEWS: A Close the Gap community engagement forum was held in Wagga on Friday, however Aunty Gail Manderson said she remained sceptical about whether it would lead to any practical…

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