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Everybody’s Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores

Posted on: 11 January, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 1, January 2010 - March 2010
Related to Health Nutrition Remote Rural Social issues

House of Representatives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee (2009)
Everybody’s business: remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait community stores.
Canberra: The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled the report Everybody’s Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores in November 2009. The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs had requested in December 2008 that the Committee inquire into and report on the operation of community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. The report detailed the findings and recommendations of the committee.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry were:

The Committee shall inquire into and report on the operation of local community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with a particular focus on:

  1. Food supply, quality, cost and competition issues;
  2. The effectiveness of the Outback Stores Model, and other private, public and community store models; and
  3. The impact of these factors on the health and economic outcomes of communities.

The Committee received over 112 submissions, held 28 public hearings and visited stores in 17 remote Indigenous communities.

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