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Indigenous infant mortality target slips

A national target previously on track to halve indigenous infant mortality rates has slipped, according to the latest Closing the Gap report.

The Federal Government last week released the ninth annual report, which showed only one of seven targets set by the Council of Australian Governments was on track to be met - the target to halve the gap in Year 12 attainment rates by 2020.

But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull conceded not enough progress had been made in other areas, including improving life expectancy, employment, reading and writing results, and school attendance.

While the report showed the target to halve the gap in child mortality between indigenous and non- indigenous Australians by 2018 had been on track, it was not met this year.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the disadvantage experienced by indigenous Australians continued to be a national shame.

"Closing the gap is not limited to Governments' responsibility," she said.

Source: Kimberley Echo.

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