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Stronger Futures?   
Friday, 21 June 2013

Produced by Matthew Newton

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The government has released the first six-monthly monitoring report on the Stronger Futures program. The release of the report coincides with the 6th anniversary of the Norther Territory Intervention, the precursor to Stronger Futures. The government claims the program is a success but not everyone is convinced.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released their first six-monthly progress report on the Stronger Futures policy. The report found that Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are benefiting from more jobs and better services in their communities as a result of the Australian Government’s investments under Stronger Futures. Between 1 July and 31 December 2012, 760 Aboriginal people were employed in services delivered under Stronger Futures . Life expectancy for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory is increasing and there are more young indigenous people with year 12 or equivalent qualifications. The Commonwealth is spending $3.4 billion over 10 years to improve conditions in Indigenous communities and create jobs and better housing. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said in a press conference yesterday that since 2007, there have been almost 3,000 real jobs created in government service delivery positions. (Image by dutytodo on Flickr)

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