Existing issues of price gouging and difficulty in accessing supplies in remote communities is an ongoing issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis with reports that First Nations families in remote communities are spending up to 93 percent of their weekly income on food.
"I’m hearing accounts of scarcity, difficulty and inability to access even basic supplies and high prices from many remote communities", Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues senator Rachel Siewert said.
"This means people are going without and also that people are being forced to travel outside their communities to access supplies potentially risking their health. Clearly more work needs to be done to ensure access to supplies.
“Income support payments are barely enough to cover the basics even in cities where prices are usually cheaper.
“People in our community should have access to fresh food, no matter where they live, supply lines must be guaranteed and Government needs to ensure that goods are reasonably priced.
"The current situation is simply not good enough."
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