Australia: Senate inquiry considers Modern Slavery Bill 2018

Author: Matt Coughlan, The Australian, Published on: 12 August 2018

"Slavery inquiry mulls penalty for business", 2 August 2018

Supermarket giant Woolworths has rejected calls from human rights groups to penalise Australian businesses who don't show how they are stamping out slavery in supply chains.

A Senate inquiry [is considering]...the federal government's draft laws, which will make companies report actions taken to stop modern slavery being connected to their business.

...But Woolworths...said penalties for non-reporting or providing inadequate information wouldn't promote transparency in the private sector.

...Australian Retailers Association...believes naming and shaming companies with slave labour in their supply chain will stop businesses from doing the wrong thing.

Former senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore...[said]..."Just the naming and shaming of a company we don't think will be an effective penalty,"....

The Human Rights Law Centre...wants the government to urgently strengthen the bill to include penalties...

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Related companies: Woolworths Group Australia