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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS - 23/07/2009 - Community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS
House of Representatives committee
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Final

ACTING CHAIR (Mr Turnour) —Jenny, thank you for that welcome. I declare open this public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs’ inquiry into community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and pay respects to the elders of the past, present and future. The subcommittee also acknowledges the Aboriginal people who now reside in this area. Subcommittee members are thankful to the people of Warruwi for receiving us to conduct the public hearing here today. These meetings are formal proceedings of the parliament. Everything you say should be factual and honest. It can be considered a serious matter to attempt to mislead the subcommittee.

This inquiry is about remote community stores and how they can keep communities healthy and strong. I invite you to make comments that will assist us in our inquiry with the intention of making some improvements to current government administration in relation to remote community stores. At the conclusion of the formal part of the hearings, we will be conducting an open forum. We would welcome hearing from those of you in the audience who would like to speak on the operation of remote community stores. Please advise a member of the secretariat if you would like to speak at the forum. If members of the community would like to say something to the subcommittee about how their store is operating, please let one of the people of the committee secretariat know. That would be good. This hearing is open to the public and a transcript of what is said will be placed on the committee’s website. If you would like further details about the inquiry or the transcript, please ask any of the committee staff.

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