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June 28, 2018: Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill is introduced to Parliament! We welcome this first step, particularly the inclusion of public procurement. However, some of our key asks, including an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, are missing from this draft. As the Bill passes through Parliament we will support efforts to ensure the Australian Modern Slavery Act is strong and effective.

Urge Australia to create strong laws

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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.

  • June 28, 2018: Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill is introduced to Parliament! We welcome this first step, particularly the inclusion of public procurement. However, some of our key asks, including an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, are missing from this draft. As the Bill passes through Parliament we will support efforts to ensure the Australian Modern Slavery Act is strong and effective.

  • February 14, 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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paula kelly
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It is a real shock that the current Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has shown us that he has no interest in people at all – he only is interested in keeping his position and being in the limelight. He is a multi millionaire and he simply does not understand the general population.

KB RICHARD
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STOP THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS CRUDE AND PRIMITIVE.

Annette
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come on Australia, do the right thing! Every human being matters.

Nicolae
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shame on a capitalistic country like UK to cut down legal aid for modern slavery and human trafficking

Emilie dornaus
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Slavery has no place in this world – Those who are trapped in it need our help to escape.

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We commend 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 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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