Sydney Catholic Archbishop takes a stand against Slavery - AAP News Story
29 March 2017
March 28, 2017
Archbishop Fisher on Tuesday told a NSW parliamentary inquiry that slavery was too often considered a non-issue in Australia.
"This isn't just a theory ... something we've seen overseas," he said.
"I, like many people, thought until recently slavery was abolished in the days of William Wilberforce, or it's something far away from here."
The state's most senior Catholic shared the nanny's story at the NSW inquiry into human trafficking.
Archbishop Fisher called on the state government to do more to eradicate modern-day slavery and, specifically, appoint an anti-slavery commissioner.
The state exercised "considerable financial muscle" and could "slavery-proof" its supply lines by only using firms that proved they didn't deal in slavery.
The church is practising what it preaches by undertaking a review of all its contracts and business practices to ensure it only purchases goods and services from firms that can certify they're slavery-proof.
"It's not enough for groups such as churches to lecture or exhort the rest of the community in such matters," Archbishop Fisher said.
"We must demonstrate our own willingness to act where we can."