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

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