Sylvia Varnham O'Regan - SBS
Tony Abbott has outlined the government's aim to achieve spiritual and practical reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia at a breakfast event ahead of his annual Closing the Gap speech in Parliament.
Speaking today in Canberra, Mr Abbott said the government was committed to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.
"There is no more important cause than ensuring Indigenous people enter fully into their rightful inheritance as the first Australians and as first-class citizens of this great country," he said.
But he admitted that Indigenous health outcomes had been an "embarrassment for far too long" and the government had "so much more to do".