Australia: Civil society and business leaders express strong support for Modern Slavery Bill 2018 in open letter to Prime Minister

In an open letter to the Prime Minister, leaders of civil society, business, investors, academics and faith-based organisations have expressed their support for the Modern Slavery Bill 2018, acknowledging the goodwill, time and effort contributed by stakeholders to see the bill introduced and urging Parliamentarians to work collaboratively to see the bill through to enactment in 2018. 

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5 September 2018

Australia: Open letter in support of Modern Slavery Bill 2018

Author: Salvation Army, Global Compact Network Australia, Property Council of Australia, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, RIAA, Uniting Church in Australia, Rio Tinto, Walk Free, Nestle & others

4 September 2018

...As leaders of civil society, business, investors, academics and faith-based organisations, we write to share with you our strong support for the Modern Slavery Bill 2018.

We support a unified approach in addressing modern slavery and believe meaningful improvement for individuals affected by slavery requires a collaborative effort between government, business, and civil society...The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 provides a welcome, strong start to improving responses to modern slavery in supply chains...

Business and civil society have rallied to this cause; we hope to see the bill relisted for debate in September and we encourage all Parliamentarians to work collaboratively and in good faith to see this bill through to enactment before the end of 2018...

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