They might be on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but Member for Ballina Don Page and Greens MLC Ian Cohen united for the betterment of Indigenous Australians at Parliament House.

Mr Page, a Nationals MP, and Mr Cohen attended the Close The Gap Forum in Sydney at Parliament House in Sydney. 

“Close The Gap is the largest campaign ever undertaken in Australia aimed at improving Indigenous health,” Mr Page said.

“More than 40 organisations have joined together to call on Federal, State and Territory governments to commit to closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

The life expectancy of Indigenous Australians is 64 years for women and 59 years for men, which is 17 years less than that of non-indigenous Australians.

The Close The Gap Coalition have collected 28,000 signatures from NSW residents who support the campaign to close the 17-year life expectancy gap.
 
“I join the Close The Gap Coalition in calling on the NSW State Government to release their plans and time frames to achieve Indigenous health equality,” Mr Page said.

PICTURE: Don Page (left), Sandra Bailey (CEO, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council NSW), Paul Lynch and Ian Cohen.