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Urge Australia to create strong laws


We know all too well that many workers in Asia endure forced labor to bring us the garments, foods, electronics and other goods we enjoy.

The good news is Australia is taking steps towards creating new modern slavery laws that could improve protections for vulnerable workers worldwide and we need your help to make it happen.  

Though a national law, its reach — like the supply chains of many companies — will go far beyond Australia’s borders and has the opportunity to improve the lives of people in forced labor. This is especially true in the Asia Pacific region, where nearly half of all Australia’s goods come from, and where an estimated 30 million people are living in slavery.1

How could this new law impact modern slavery globally? If Australia proposes a strong and robust Modern Slavery Act that sets new global standards in protecting victims and holding businesses accountable, other nations will have a higher bar to follow — resulting in better protections for victims and survivors both regionally and all over the world.

We must call on Australia to leverage its buying power and improve the lives of vulnerable workers by proposing a strong modern slavery law.

We campaigned alongside politicians, nonprofit organizations, faith leaders and anti-slavery activists in 2014 to ensure the UK created a Modern Slavery Act that included company reporting.2 We won then and we can do it again!

Sadly, the UK law does not include government purchases or make companies take action to fix problems, nor does it penalize companies that don’t comply.

Australia is looking to model its law after the UK, which risks it being weak, and we don’t want this to be a missed opportunity to help protect more victims and abolish modern slavery.

Join us in calling on Australia to be a global and regional leader in the fight against modern slavery.

Campaign updates

14 February 2018: Our partner, Stop the Traffik, presented Alex Hawke, the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs, with 40,100 Freedom United supporter signatures. He has since set out a timetable, committing to introducing a draft by June 30, with a view to passing a Modern Slavery Act by the end of the year. Click here to view photo.

December 2017: Our partner, Stop the Traffik, handed in 22,000+ signatures collected by Freedom United to the Australian government’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade during their inquiry on modern slavery. The Committee’s subsequent inquiry report called for the implementation of a robust Modern Slavery Act in Australia, with recommendations that lined up with the asks in our campaign. Click here to read the report.

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Every country must have this, Canada included.🇨🇦

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

It’s fantastic news that Australia is joining global efforts to legislate to end modern slavery and human trafficking! We at TISCreport (a UK based global transparency in supply chains register) look forward to working with Australian Government and others to ensure that the momentum from related legislation is utilised to get the outcomes we all need.

Randolph Willoby

Australia should adopt a strong anti-slavery law.

Mostafa Kamal Majumder

Good time to raise the issue when humanity is in peril as might is increasingly being taken as right, the state of the economically disadvantaged people remain beyond description. Australia should go full steam ahead for a strong law against perpetrators of modern slavery.

syed nauman shah

every human being is equal on the basis of humanity,no one have prior to their race or gender description,

Tell Australia to propose a strong modern slavery law

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To the Honorable Michael Keenan MP – Minister of Justice:

We commend you and the Australian Parliament for taking bold first steps toward creating a modern slavery law that could greatly impact the lives of millions of people working under conditions of forced labor.

We know all too well that many workers in Asia endure forced labor to bring us the garments, foods, electronics and other goods we enjoy. With nearly half of Australia’s imports coming from the Asia Pacific, where an estimated 30 million people are living in slavery, you have an opportunity to ensure the law is strong, protects victims and holds businesses accountable.

Please don’t let this be a missed opportunity to make a real impact on the global slavery problem. We urge you and the Australian government to be a regional and global leader against slavery by proposing a strong and effective modern slavery law that:

  1. Ensures victims of slavery are provided their entitled human rights protections;
  2. Establishes an accessible and centralized way for companies to report on modern slavery;
  3. Sets a reporting requirement for all companies with a revenue of at least $25m, with an effective way to ensure compliance;
  4. Covers government procurement; and
  5. Appoints an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to make sure the law is implemented well
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Stop The Traffik

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global movement of activists from all sectors of society who passionately give their time and energy, uniting to build resilient communities. They look to disrupt and prevent human trafficking and its harm and abuse to human beings. They campaign for a traffik-free world. They seek to prevent trafficking by engaging in community transformation, global campaigning and by gathering and sharing knowledge.

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Be Slave Free is a network of organizations, unions and businesses campaigning together for a robust Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

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