Coles has donated more than 80 pallets — the equivalent of 50 tonnes — of food and essentials to remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory, according to a media release from the company. PHOTO: Coles Alice Springs Store Managers Ray Viney and James Powlton with Central Land Council CEO Joe Martin-Jard.
High prices, scarceness of food, grog running, breaking of biosecurity laws: The part of the country the NT Government has clearly forgotten in its COVID responses. Now there's a call for the Feds to bring in a 20% point of sale scheme, the CLC's Joe Martin-Jard, supported by Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee, announced this morning. They are pictured above – observing physical separation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE April 23, 4pm: Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says the Government does not support a direct subsidy or rebate on groceries at this time.
UPDATE April 24, 10am: The National Indigenous Australians Agency to revoke a store licence if pricing and quality expectations are not met, however this power has not been used.
UPDATE April 24, 3.25pm: Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, says food insecurity and unreasonable pricing is severely undermining the public health response to COVID-19.
UPDATE April 24, 3.40pm: No comment from the CLC to Mr Wyatt's statements.
A new scheme to make good use of slightly blemished supermarket food usually dumped will benefit more than 200 employees of the Aboriginal Tangentyere Council but not – it seems – the unemployed or destitute in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED are Coles Alice Springs manager Sarah Vivian and deputy manager, Glenn Harvey, with the kind of food provided for the program.
Australia is best placed to provide massive emergency food aid should catastrophes such as volcanic eruptions occur in Indonesia. A flourishing food export industry from north Australia, such as the live cattle trade, should be considered as a key component for insuring the long term food security of Indonesia and our other northern neighbours, writes Alex Nelson.