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Modern Slavery Bill Introduced to Parliament

On 28 June 2018, Home Affairs Assistant Minister Alex Hawke introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 to the House. After months of deliberation and public consultation, Australia had begun the process of passing a Modern Slavery Act (MSA) in line with international obligations and expectations. ICS has been following the development of the MSA, and submitted

By | June 29th, 2018|Freedom from Slavery|

Update: Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Research conducted by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation reveals that currently, there are likely over 40 million people in slavery-like conditions worldwide. An estimated 25 million of these are in the Asia Pacific, and over 28 million are women and girls. One in four are under the age of 18. A

By | September 22nd, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|

Exposing Complicity in the Global Slave Trade: Is it Time for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia?

Modern slavery rarely uses the shackles, whips, ships' holds and slave markets historically associated with the transatlantic slave trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Britain legislated to abolish slavery in 1833 after years of lobbying by William Wilberforce and others. But slavery has not gone away. As far as the world may have come

By | March 21st, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|

Shining the Light on Slavery in the Supply-Chains of Australian companies – A Modern Slavery Act for Australia

Mark Sneddon & Pete Mulherin Modern slavery rarely uses the shackles, whips, ships’ holds, and slave markets historically associated with the transatlantic slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain legislated to abolish slavery in 1833 after years of lobbying by William Wilberforce and others. But slavery has not gone away. As far as

By | March 14th, 2017|Freedom from Slavery|