Australia’s first bill against modern slavery passed in New South Wales yesterday.
The bill, sponsored by Christian Democratic Party MLC Paul Green, is likely to lead the way for other state governments to follow suit, a federal bill is currently under development.
Australian Christian Lobby’s NSW director Kieren Jackson was in the gallery when the bill passed, “Paul Green MLC and members of the NSW Parliament are to be congratulated for taking action to address the many faces of slavery,” Kieren Jackson said.
Over the last few months ACL activated thousands of people to sign a petition imploring the Parliament to support the bill.
“It was encouraging to see so many supporters in New South Wales play an important role in supporting this win and today we can celebrate. ” Kieren Jackson said.
In his final speech before the bill passed, the Hon. Paul Green MLC said, “Modern slavery knows no boundaries… we cannot pretend it is not happening in NSW and indeed in the rest of the world.”
Conservative estimates reveal 40 million human beings are trapped in an exploitative supply chain in the world today.
According to the Global Slavery Index 2016, there are around 4,000 modern slaves living in Australia.
The new legislation will combat modern slavery through a range of measures, including support to victims of modern slavery, the creation of an Anti-slavery Commissioner, a requirement on certain corporate bodies to provide reporting on slavery within supply chains, and the introduction of new penalties for persons involved in cybersex trafficking.
Further details of the Bill
Audio interview with sponsor of the Hon. Bill Paul Green MLC on Voice for Values
Audio interview with Centre for Human Dignity director Wendy Francis on Voice for Values
Blog on the introduction of the Bill in the Legislative Council by ACL NSW Director, Kieren Jackson
Blog on the topic of human trafficking by Centre for Human Dignity director Wendy Francis
Submission to the NSW Human Trafficking Inquiry by the Australian Christian Lobby