Remote NT communities forced to break lockdown to access essential items

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A coalition of 13 Aboriginal organisations of the Northern Territory* today are calling on the national cabinet to immediately guarantee the supply of affordable food and other basics in locked-down remote communities.

With reports of some remote stores running out of fresh food three days after their weekly delivery, residents are being forced to leave locked-down remote areas to obtain supplies.

Additionally, the coalition of 13 NT Aboriginal organisations have suggested a minimum 20 percent subsidy on essential goods at point of sale in remote stores to avoid price gouging.

John Paterson, CEO of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance, one of the member organisations of the coalition, spoke with me today about the situation, and their demands.

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