Additional hearings into food insecurity in remote communities

The inquiry into food pricing and food security in remote Indigenous communities

is holding further public hearings on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th August, 2020.

Julian Leeser MP, Chair of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee, says that key stakeholders from Queensland and Western Australia will be appearing including local councils, health agencies, Aboriginal Corporations, the WA Government and Metcash. The Chairman of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board will also appear before the committee.

‘These hearings will contribute significantly to the existing body of evidence for this inquiry. The committee looks forward to discussing some of the reasons for food insecurity in remote Indigenous communities, its impacts, and some of the possible solutions,’ Mr Leeser said.

‘We will be particularly interested to hear from the National COVID-19 Commission on the additional challenges the pandemic is causing for remote food supplies.’

The hearings will be conducted via telephone and video links due to social distancing requirements relating to COVID-19. Full programs are available at the inquiry website.

Public hearing details

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Time: 9.40 am to 4.20pm

Location: Via conference call

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Time: 9.00 am to 3.40pm

Location: Via conference call

An audio broadcast will be accessible at aph.gov.au/live

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