Aboriginals second-class citizens

July 31, 2010

· Indigenous juveniles aged 10-17 were 28 times as likely as non-Indigenous juveniles to have been detained. Adults are 13 times more likely.
· The infant mortality rate for Indigenous Australians is 9.7 per 1000 live births compared with 4.4 per 1000 live births for non-Indigenous Australians.
· The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancy: 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
· The Indigenous unemployment rate is 16% compared with 5% of non-Indigenous Australians.
· More than 70% of Indigenous households had incomes in the bottom two income quintiles, nearly double the percentage of the non-Indigenous population in the two lowest income quintiles.
· Year 12 attainment figures for Indigenous youth was 36% compared with 74% for non-Indigenous youth.
· The proportion of Indigenous people living in overcrowded housing is 27% compared with 6% for non-Indigenous people.
· Indigenous households are half as likely to own or be buying their own homes as non-Indigenous Australians.
· Indigenous people make up 9% of all homeless people in Australia, but just 2.5% of the total population.
[Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, June 4 statement. See ABS.gov.au.]

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