Report on food pricing and food security in remote Indigenous communities

Report on food pricing and food security in remote Indigenous communities Hearing

  • Author(s): House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs,
  • Published: 2020
  • Publisher: Parliament of Australia

Abstract: In early 2020, panic-buying resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic led to shortages of some food and grocery items across Australia. Panic-buying in urban centres had a flow on effect for remote communities where food security is already less stable. At the same time, some stories appeared in media outlets reporting incidents of very high prices for food and groceries in particular remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores. On 21 May 2020, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP, asked the committee to inquire into and report on food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities. The committee adopted the inquiry and its terms of reference on 27 May 2020. The inquiry received 128 submissions and 23 supplementary submissions. The Committee consulted widely with key stakeholders during this inquiry and conducted 13 public hearings. The committee did not find evidence of systemic price-gouging in remote communities. However, the Committee did find evidence of high prices in many remote communities. While those high prices appear to be reflective of the genuine cost of operating supermarkets in remote communities, this reinforces long-held concerns regarding the food security of people living remotely.

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs,, 2020, Report on food pricing and food security in remote Indigenous communities, Hearing, viewed 04 July 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=19237.

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