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'Religious leaders pen open letter to PM urging action on modern slavery' - ABC News Story

29 March 2017

'Religious leaders pen open letter to PM urging action on modern slavery' - ABC News Story

By Michael Edwards

Posted 2 Dec 2016, 8:22am

A coalition of anti-slavery groups and religious leaders have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to pass laws to stamp out slavery in Australia.

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Walk Free and the Salvation Army are just two of the organisations that have joined together to write an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for action.

Other signatories include the heads of most of Australia's major religious groups.

...Ms David said they wanted new laws that would mirror those passed in Britain known as the Modern Slavery Act.

"That Act has a number of very important elements, one of which requires large businesses to report on the steps they're taking to look into their supply chains to identify and respond to risk of modern slavery," she said.

 

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