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State Parliament’s grocery inquiry open for submissions

29 February

State Parliament’s Select Committee on Grocery Pricing in South Australia is now receiving submissions.

Greens MLC Robert Simms will Chair the Committee.

The Committee will consider the impact of high prices of groceries (e.g. fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages and other essentials) and the disparity between the prices paid to primary producers and the price paid at the checkout, along with the potential for increased government regulation.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made at the below link until 5 April.

Terms of Reference

To inquire and report on grocery pricing in South Australia with particular reference to:

  1. The prices for groceries and staple goods and products at South Australian supermarkets and grocery stores, compared to other states in Australia
  2. The disparities in grocery pricing between metropolitan and regional areas;
  3. The prices paid to local growers, producers and suppliers for goods and services compared to prices charged to consumers in South Australian supermarkets and grocery stores, and
    the reasons for these disparities;
  4. The impact of retail consumer pricing on consumers, particularly for those on low incomes;
  5. The prevalence of food insecurity in South Australia;
  6. The prevalence of price gouging practices and anti-competitive behaviour among grocery retailers and the impact on consumers;
  7. Potential opportunities for price monitoring, transparency in retail pricing and further regulation of pricing; and
  8. Any other related matters.