Australia: MS Bill 2018 debated in Parliament; changes proposed to introduce financial penalties & independent anti-slavery commissioner

Author: Australian Associated Press, SBS News, Published on: 16 September 2018

"Modern slavery laws need fines, Labor says" 13 September 2018

Businesses could be fined more than $1 million for failing to disclose what they're doing to stop modern slavery in their supply chains under changes proposed by Labor to draft laws. Opposition justice spokeswoman Clare O'Neil says it's not good enough if big businesses "can't be bothered" to comply with reporting requirements, which ask companies with turnovers of at least $100 million to disclose their possible modern slavery risks.

...Labor is seeking to introduce an independent anti-slavery commissioner and to remove forced marriage from reporting requirements, fearing companies would interfere in the private lives of employees. "We're worried that the bill as currently drafted may inadvertently push forced marriage further underground," Ms O'Neil told AAP in a statement... Liberal MP Chris Crewther...said companies with a turnover of less than $100 million could opt-in to report on possible links to modern slavery in their supply chains. 

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