Joondalup and Wanneroo MPs make their mark for National Close the Gap Day


Scarlett Li, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Nikita Nayar with the Close the Gap banner. Below: Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton.
Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton with the Close the Gap banner.
Scarlett Li, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Nikita Nayar with the Close the Gap banner. Below: Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton. Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton with the Close the Gap banner.

JOONDALUP MLA Emily Hamilton and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton have placed their handprints on a Close the Gap banner to urge the local community to get involved in the national campaign.

National Close the Gap Day on March 15 aims to close the 10-year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians by 2030.

Oxfam Australia WA community campaigner Paddy Cullen said it was encouraging to see so many State representatives supporting an end to health inequality in Australia.

More than 95 per cent of WA politicians have put their handprint on the Close the Gap banner over the past decade.

“Showing support for Close the Gap sends a powerful message to state and federal governments to fully implement a comprehensive national action plan to achieve indigenous health equality,” he said.

“Last year, more than 100,000 Australians showed their support on Close the Gap day with about 1100 events in schools, businesses, community groups and government offices held across the country.

“It is 10 years since the Federal Government said sorry and pledged to close the gap, now is the time for all politicians to get serious about making it happen.”