Senator Nick Xenophon questions senior public servants and ministers during a Senate committee at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday May 27, 2014.
Senator Nick Xenophon questions senior public servants and ministers during a Senate committee at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday May 27, 2014. AAP Image - Gary Schafer

Xenophon on food panel for local producers

INDEPENDENT Senator Nick Xenophon will join a local panel of food producers and retailers to discuss the impact of supermarket giants on local communities like the Northern Rivers.

Northern Rivers Food Forum is hosting the discussion panel, titled The duopoly of supermarkets in Australia: are they killing communities? What is the solution?

Xenophon vocal and listening

Senator Xenophon has been vocal on the issues surrounding two supermarkets controlling close to 80% of the grocery market with large chunks of the liquor and fuel sector too.

Northern Rivers Food chair Pam Brook from Brookfarm said the South Australian Senator would be talking about the unprecedented market power of the big retailers and possible solutions for our region.

"We believe it is a golden opportunity for us as local producers and the local community to be heard by a senior Federal politician," she said.

Participation encouraged

"We encourage participation in the forum. There will be an opportunity to discuss or question ideas suggested by the panel or Senator and time to mingle at the end.

"We encourage people to register and come along to join in the conversation."

The forum will be held Thursday November 19 from 11:15am at Coorabell Hall. All welcome.

Details and how to register available from NRF website or here: http://bit.ly/1WcPlfK



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