The tenth Closing the Gap report is the most promising snapshot since 2011 - with three of the seven targets on track to be met including the target to halve child mortality.

Today, Mr Speaker, we meet on Ngunnawal land.  We acknowledge and pay our respects to Ngunnawal elders past and present. We pay our deepest respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people here today and right across our nation.

Today the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments reiterated their intention to progress the divestment of NSW and Victoria’s shares in Snowy Hydro to the Commonwealth.

I want to thank everyone for coming to this 45th meeting of the Council of Australian Governments and especially to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives of the Special Gathering.

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