Inquiry into food pricing in remote Indigenous communities resumes

The inquiry into food pricing and food security in Australia’s remote Indigenous communities will hold further public hearings this week.

Julian Leeser MP, chair of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee, says the committee will hear from key stakeholders from the Northern Territory and New South Wales including Land councils, other Indigenous peak bodies and agencies, leading academics, the Northern Territory Government, and key industry players such as Woolworths and Metcash.

“The collective expertise among the witnesses who will appear is extensive, and I look forward to hearing the insights they will share,” said Leeser.

“It is very important that the committee gets a thorough understanding of the food pricing and food security issues that are affecting remote Aboriginal communities. We look forward to hearing from witnesses about what dynamics are involved and what can be done to improve the situation.”

The hearings will be conducted via telephone and video links due to social distancing requirements relating to Covid-19. The full programme of hearings is available on the inquiry’s website.

In May, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt MP, asked the committee to enquire into and report on food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities.

The committee is due to present its final report by October 30.

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