I think Barack Obama has a much better life than many of our indigenous people. Denzel Washington does ok as well, from what I can gather? That Tiger Woods bloke too.
Seriously, I have lived in central Australia too. Aboriginal people are not horses to be led anywhere. They are by and large a grieving people whose cultures have been decimated, whose spiritual connection to the land has been eroded and commoditised.
There is so much more to closing the gap than just providing housing and welfare (not that I'm knocking those things). It's still providing a handout mentality, a society in which the government controls the way these people live.
Honestly, at least America had made some sort of reparations, has Black History month (no black history in our national curriculum). But some countries that have done really well to respect and value indigenous cultures are New Zealand and Canada. If we want to make comparisons, that's where I'm looking.