Close the Gap funds welcomed

The federal government’s commitment of $777 million to fund its share of a renewed National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap until June 2016 was immediately backed by a pledge of $61 million from the Victorian government.

But little progress was made in bringing other states and territories on board at the recent COAG meeting, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard is now writing to state premiers and chief ministers with more details of the planned expenditure.