Latest modern slavery fight updates - FreedomUnited.org

New South Wales Parliament Passes Modern Slavery Bill

  • Published on
    June 21, 2018
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Child Slavery, Debt Bondage, Domestic Slavery, Forced Labor, Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking, Law & Policy, Prevention, Rehabilitation & Liberation, Supply Chain, Worker Empowerment
Hero Banner

The 2018 Modern Slavery Bill has been passed by the New South Wales parliament with the support of Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

The move now paves the way for the Australian state to require public and private companies with an annual turnover of $50 million to report on how they are addressing modern slavery in their supply chains. Furthermore, an Anti-Slavery Commissioner will be appointed to monitor compliance and educate the public.

Eternity News reports:

The Bill also confronts the crimes of human trafficking including slavery and slavery-like practices such as servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, organ trafficking, deceptive recruiting as well as forced marriage and childhood brides.

“The Legislative Council Committee’s report on Human Trafficking in New South Wales notes that since 2004 there have been more than 750 human trafficking and trafficking-related referrals to Australian authorities — I think many members of the community would be surprised by how high that figure is — and that the overall numbers of trafficked people in Australia may be considerably higher than that,” Premier Berejiklian said introducing the Bill in the lower house, the Legislative Assembly.

She added: “According to the Global Slavery Index of 2016, it is estimated that 45.8 million people worldwide and more than 4,000 people in Australia are victims of some form of slavery.”

Premier Berejiklian praised Christian Democrat Paul Green, MLC, who championed the bill. “I thank the Honourable Member for his tireless efforts, both inside and outside the House. I also thank his colleagues and supporters throughout the State for the efforts they have made to help raise public awareness about this important issue.”

She also warned that although we may not know it, many of our everyday habits may be contributing to modern slavery.

“Unfortunately, all of us have likely unintentionally been party to modern slavery in supply chains —for example, through the clothing we wear, the technology we use and the food we eat,” she said.

“All consumers need to be educated to actively look at what they are wearing, eating and using to ensure that supply chains are slave-proof.”

Subscribe

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Yavor Hadzhiev
Yavor Hadzhiev
5 years ago

Great news South Wales! Let’s hope Australia as a whole follows.

This week

How migrants become scapegoats for hostile border tragedies

On June 14, 2023, a fishing trawler named Adriana capsized off the southwestern coast of Greece, leading to a catastrophic loss of life. The Vessel, which departed from Libya, was carrying up to 700 migrants from Pakistan, Syria, and Egypt, all desperately seeking a better life. This tragic incident not only highlights the perilous journeys that migrants are forced to undertake but also exposes the harsh realities and failures of current border

| Monday May 27, 2024

Read more