Australia examines modern slavery laws amid concerns over products linked to Uyghur abuse

Original article by Daniel Hurst
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 28-Apr-21

Australian Border Force official Vanessa Holben says the federal government will review the Modern Slavery Act in 2022. The legislation has been criticised over its lack of financial penalties for companies that fail to deal with the use of slave labour in their supply chains. Holben says the government is "deeply concerned" about reports of human rights abuses against the Uyghur people in China’s Xinjiang region. Independent senator Rex Patrick has proposed legislation to ban imports from Xinjiang and other parts of China that are produced by using forced labour. The bill is being scrutinised by a Senate committee.

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AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE

Slavery law to protect supply chains

Original article by Adele Ferguson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 40 : 5-Jun-17

The Federal Opposition will announce on 5 June 2017 that it plans to enact an Australian Modern Slavery Act. The proposed Act has the support of the Business Council of Australia, the union movement and Wesfarmers, which has noted the difficulty of ensuring that all parts of its supply chain are run ethically. The Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 4,300 slaves in Australia. Meanwhile, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has confirmed to a recent Senate hearing that it is investigating pizza maker Domino’s over its possible involvement in wage fraud.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED – ASX DMP, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, PIZZA HUT AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, BAIN CAPITAL LLC, DEUTSCHE BANK AG

Twiggy warns about supply chain slavery

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 21 : 1-Jun-16

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest says slavery and forced labour is a global problems, and he estimates that the number of slaves worldwide is about 46 million. The Global Slavery Index, which is funded by Forrest’s Walk Free charity, estimates that India and China have the highest number of people living in slavery. Forrest says slavery is also an issue in Australia, and he has urged other companies to follow Fortescue Metals Group’s example and take measures to ensure that their supplier are not using slave labour.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX, WALK FREE FOUNDATION, GALLUP INCORPORATED