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Address to the Sydney Institute: Australian Freedom and an Australian Modern Slavery Act

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

It is a cold, clear night tonight here by the Harbour where modern Australia was conceived.  A perfect night to head out for a meal at one of our city’s world-renowned restaurants, perhaps, for fish.

Imagine it now, as we order the Yellowfin Tuna. The first mouthful is absolutely delicious. But what if we were then to learn that the fisherman who caught that same fish we are eating is a slave?

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New Legislation to combat modern slavery

Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to reduce the risk that Australian goods and services are tainted by modern slavery.

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 establishes a Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement that requires over 3,000 large companies and other entities to publish annual public statements on their actions to address modern slavery in their supply chains and operations.

In a world first, the Australian Government will lead by example by publishing an annual statement covering possible modern slavery risks in Commonwealth procurement.

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