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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS
14/05/2009
Community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS
House of Representatives committee
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Final

CHAIR (Mr Marles) —Welcome. I now declare open this public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs for our inquiry into community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. I acknowledge the Ngunawal and Ngambri people, the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future. The committee would also like to acknowledge the present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in this area.

These meetings are formal proceedings of the parliament. Everything said needs to be factual and honest, and it can be considered a serious matter to attempt to mislead this committee. That said, I invite all the witnesses here today to make the comments that will assist us in our inquiry, which has the intention of making improvements in the current government administration of remote community stores. This hearing is open to the public, and a transcript of what is said will be placed on the committee’s website.

Today we have two sets of witnesses. The first set is from the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and the second is Ms Kerry Arabena, who is a research fellow from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the ANU.

[12.30 pm]