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.