Good News: A Modern Slavery Bill is in the Australian Parliament
“Modern slavery in supply chains distorts global markets, undercuts responsible businesses, and poses significant legal and reputational risks for companies..... This significant initiative will shine a light into the shadows of global supply chains where modern slavery thrives."
The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister Assisting the Minister for Home Affairs.
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The Bill has been Tabled
The Modern Slavery Bill has been tabled in the House of Representatives and referred to the Senate for an Inquiry. Responses are due by the 20th of July, 2018.
The Government wants to support business to take action and create a level playing field for those who are doing the right thing through a legislative framework. However, the Government has omitted commitments to there being an Anti-Slavery Commissioner and penalties for non-compliance in reporting. Without someone charged with the responsibility and authority to oversee and implement the Act and without consequences for not complying with the Act, it will be very weak indeed.
What the Political Parties are Saying
We acknowledge that, for the parties, these responses are a “work-in-progress” and these commitments may change. We also acknowledge these are our interpretation of the commitments of the parties. We are asking the Labor Party, Greens and cross benchers in the Senate to introduce amendments to the Bill.
This Could Be Our Best Chance to End Modern Slavery
STOP THE TRAFFIK welcomed the recent release of the Labor Party National Platform and the Minister of Home Affairs (the Hon Alex Hawke MP) both of which make commitments to a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
We applaud the Minister Alex Hawke's vision that,
“This legislation sends a clear message that modern slavery will not be tolerated in our community or in the supply chains of our goods and services.”
Hidden in Plain Sight
STOP THE TRAFFIK welcomed the release of the report “Hidden in Plain Sight - An inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia”. The report adopts a human rights approach, which we support.
Hidden in Plain Sight addresses the multifaceted nature of modern slavery crimes. Tackling its wide-ranging nature requires all key aspects of the report being picked up in the proposed legislation. Should all the recommendations be adopted it will have enormously positive impacts on the lives and destinies of potentially millions of people working in the supply chains in the Indo-Pacific region including Australia. It will also provide better options and outcomes for people at risk of being coerced into conditions of modern slavery and support for victims of the same crimes.