Closing the Gap Refresh briefing to Garma Festival

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20 August 2018
Image of Ian Anderson addressing Garma in 2018

Professor Ian Anderson, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Ms Andrea Mason, Co-chair of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council, had the privilege of hosting a briefing session on the Closing the Gap Refresh at the Garma Festival Key Forum.

Held over four days in north-east Arnhem Land, Garma celebrates the local Yolngu people and their culture and is one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous events.

The gathering attracts over 2,500 people from all across the country and around the world and this year celebrated its 20th Anniversary

The festival’s Key Forum brings together people from all backgrounds, including business, community and political leaders, academics and journalists, students and educators as well as everyday Australians.

Ian spoke about the Closing the Gap refresh process so far, outlined the people and groups who have been consulted, the information that has been gathered and what the next steps are.

Andrea talked about her experience with the refresh process, how the Indigenous Advisory Council has been involved and reflected on some of the key issues raised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You can view both talks through the links below:

Closing the Gap Refresh speech to Garma by Professor Ian Anderson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4RsNHlyYkM&feature=youtu.be

Closing the Gap Refresh speech to Garma by Andrea Mason https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBeX3vJvxns