Francis Markham and Bhiamie Williamson write in The Conversation (30.7.20) about the federal government's newly announced Closing the Gap targets, suggesting that - while a significant achievement for Indigenous organisations - more detail is needed about who will be responsible for what.
'The Morrison government has finally unveiled the long-awaited new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
'After more than two years of consultation, and a year of negotiations, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was full of praise for the new agreement, saying it was “realistic” and would have “very meaningful impact”. Coalition of Peaks lead negotiator Aunty Pat Turner similarly described it as a “huge step forward”.
'The new agreement is an important achievement by the Coalition of Peaks. This is yet another example of Indigenous people exercising their agency and should be applauded.
'Notwithstanding this, close examination of the new targets reveal both important gains and unanswered questions about power sharing.
'While some of the targets are associated with clear, quantifiable measures for annual reporting, this is lacking for others. Meanwhile, the level of transparency around governments, when it comes to the critical work of transforming their own agencies, is much more limited.'