1 year ago

8 March, 2017


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UNSW Law Society

In 2015, the United Kingdom introduced the Modern Slavery Act in order to combat forms of 'modern slavery' such as slavery, forced labour, wage exploitation, involuntary servitude and human trafficking. The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has thus launched an inquiry into whether Australia should also establish a Modern Slavery Act. As part of this inquiry, the Committee has invited submissions from the public on the terms of reference.

The UNSW Law Society will be making a submission to the Committee on this inquiry, and we are in turn inviting UNSW Law students to contribute to the submission. We strongly encourage everyone who is interested in this inquiry to apply to join the team who will be writing this submission as a contributor. The team will be led by our Policy Submissions Directors, Johnson Man and Angad Randhawa.

We particularly encourage first year students to apply to gain an experience into what policy submissions are and to develop new skills and experiences. This inquiry is particularly well suited for students new to policy submissions.

APPLY HERE: https://goo.gl/qINho7
Applications close 19th March.

The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

1. The nature and extent of modern slavery (including slavery, forced labour and wage exploitation, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, human trafficking, forced marriage and other slavery-like exploitation) both in Australia and globally.

2. The prevalence of modern slavery in the domestic and global supply chains of companies, businesses and organisations operating in Australia.

3. Identifying international best practice employed by governments, companies, businesses and organisations to prevent modern slavery in domestic and global supply chains, with a view to strengthening Australian legislation.

4. The implications for Australia’s visa regime, and conformity with the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children regarding federal compensation for victims of modern slavery.

5. Provisions in the United Kingdom’s legislation which have proven effective in addressing modern slavery, and whether similar or improved measures should be introduced in Australia.

6. Whether a Modern Slavery Act should be introduced in Australia.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Johnson Man and Angad Randhawa, the Policy Submissions Directors, at policy.submissions@unswlawsoc.org"