Monday, 25 May 2009

The gap to be closed

A new and more accurate measure this morning of the disadvantage suffered by Aboriginal people. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new estimates of Indigenous life expectancy the quality and robustness of which it describes as being a significant improvement. The new measure shows life expectancy at birth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians was 67.2 years for men and 72.9 years for women for 2005–2007. The ABS reported that the life expectancy of Indigenous men is 11.5 years lower than for non-Indigenous men, while life expectancy of Indigenous women is 9.7 years lower than for non-Indigenous women.
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