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Modern Slavery Act Introduced - June 2018

It's incredible to think that in our time industries like fashion, food and electronics may be tainted with slavery. The good news is that not only did the NSW Government pass the Modern Slavery Bill in June 2018, but the Australian Federal Government has just introduced the Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. We are excited about this positive step forward, and we want to ensure that it will be the strongest Act possible. Join us in calling for a robust act that we believe will make a real difference to millions of slaves in our world.

“Modern slavery in supply chains distorts global markets, undercuts responsible businesses, and poses significant legal and reputational risks for companies..... This significant initiative will shine a light into the shadows of global supply chains where modern slavery thrives.”
— The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Former Minister Assisting the Minister for Home Affairs.

What is our role?

The Freedom Project is part of the Stop The Traffik Australia coalition, and together we are part of the Be Slave Free campaign, to encourage the Australian government to create a robust and effective Modern Slavery Act. We want to ensure that companies are held to account for the business that they do. We want to put pressure on the government and private companies to be aware and take steps to reduce and ultimately eliminate all forms of slavery in any part of their business activities. But we can't do it on our own. The Freedom Project, and the Stop The Traffik coalition is strong because it is a movement of individuals fighting for freedom, all working together to achieve the same goal.


What can you do?

We can and must advocate to our politicians about the need to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act. It’s simple to use your voice.

There are 3 key things we want you to do this September:

  1. Sign the e-petition for the House of Representatives - You can find it under the name EN0713 in the name of Ms Carolyn Kitto (closes 10 Oct).

  2. Sign the e-petition for the Senate.

  3. Send a postcard to the PM. Order as many free cards as you wish and get your church / school / workplace to sign and send. If you are in a coalition held seat then you can deliver to your local member and ask them to pass on to the PM.

Additionally, we generally encourage supporters to contact their State and Federal MPs to talk to them about the Modern Slavery Bill (NSW) and the Federal Modern Slavery Act. Share why you care about the issues and what you think the government should be doing. Take the time to write down your support and concerns and use your voice to take a stand for some of the world's most vulnerable. You are welcome to express your personal views on the Modern Slavery Act and let our government know why you believe everyone has the right to be free from exploitation and that companies should be held responsible for the workers in their supply chains. 

If you’re not sure how to do this, Stop The Traffik have provided an excellent resource for speaking with your MPs and Senators. Get your guide here. Get further information and training here.

Now you’re ready, you can contact your local MP now by using the link below.


THANK YOU for using your voice to help bring freedom to the world's most vulnerable.
You are helping to end slavery - one life at a time!