As we reflect on the issue of Closing the Gap in Australia, we are struck by its significance and complexity. The term refers to the effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate the disparities in health, education, and employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This is a crucial issue as the Indigenous population has long suffered from significant social, economic, and health inequalities in Australia.
Closing the Gap is important because it is a matter of social justice and human rights. First Nations Australians have a unique cultural and historical identity, which deserves to be respected and celebrated. However, this identity has been systematically marginalised through policies of assimilation, discrimination, and exclusion. The legacy of colonialism and its ongoing impacts are still felt today, and Closing the Gap is a way to address these injustices and to move towards reconciliation & healing.
Not only is it a moral imperative, Closing the Gap is also essential for the long-term economic and social prosperity of Australia. The gap in education and employment outcomes makes it difficult for Indigenous Australians to fully participate in the economy and to reach their potential. By addressing these disparities, we can unlock the full potential of Indigenous Australians and contribute to a stronger, more prosperous Australia.
We realise that Closing the Gap is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires a sustained and collaborative effort from all sectors of society, which is why we at Butter Up Co. have begun taking small steps towards achieving this goal.
To help address this issue, we have created the RESPECT TEE, a purposeful t-shirt designed by Wiradjuri artist, Dylan Pietsch, to raise awareness and funds for Indigenous communities. With every purchase of the RESPECT TEE, a portion of the proceeds goes towards Pay the Rent.
Let's work together to Close the Gap in Australia and create a more equitable and just society for all.