New inquiry into food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities

House of Representatives

The Indigenous Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into food prices and food security in Remote Communities.

Committee Chair Julian Leeser MP said it’s important that people in Indigenous communities have reliable access to food that is reasonably priced.

“There have been significant reports of very high food and grocery prices in Remote Communities and issues around the secure supply of fresh food,” said Mr Leeser.

“The inquiry will look at the situation in remote Indigenous communities, and the effect of supply chains and local businesses on the cost of food. The inquiry will also look at the role of regulators in dealing with the situation.”

“I strongly encourage Indigenous people and people in the food and grocery industry to make a submission to the inquiry.”

The Committee will consult with communities, community stores and supply chain businesses, Government agencies and other stakeholders to determine Indigenous communities have access to reasonably priced healthy food.

The Committee will present its final report by 30 October 2020.

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