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We had:

Selena Uibo: Member for Arnhem , NT Attorney-General talking about how Northern Territory launches Aboriginal Justice Agreement to reduce high Indigenous incarceration rate. The Northern Territory government has launched a wide-ranging plan to reduce high rates of Indigenous incarceration, but questions remain over when some proposed reforms will be implemented and how others will be funded.

Grant Paulson, Birri-Gubba/Bundjalung man and World Vision Australia acting head of First Nations Programs, talking about how ‘School readiness’ is a key to closing the early childhood education gap. “Through listening to local communities and finding what’s required and the best approaches in each situation long-term, we can jointly deliver the strong results needed to close the gap and ensure children are school ready. We welcome the investment in early years programs for First Nations communities and particularly in those communities, where services don’t currently exist for young children and their families” Mr Paulson said.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Amanda Cattermole, talking about how Gurriny Yealamucka connects Yarrabah community with technology for better healthcare. In the 1980s, when community members at Yarrabah in far north Queensland were fighting for selfdetermination, they saw the need for Aboriginal health to be in the hands of their own people and the concept of a community-controlled health organisation was born.

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