The Walk Free Foundation welcomes the NSW Parliamentary Committee Report on Human Trafficking as an important contribution to improving Australia’s efforts to stamp out the human rights scourge of modern slavery.
Walk Free Foundation Chairman and founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, says “the report highlights the role that not only government but business and the community can play in ending this horrific, and often, hidden crime.”
Mr Forrest says the key recommendations regarding business supply chain management, government procurement and the establishment of an office of an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner are all measures the Federal Government should adopt as part of its commitment to develop the world’s best modern slavery legislation.
Ms Jenn Morris, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, said that the report will support the work of the Federal Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into modern slavery which is due to issue a final report by the end of this year.
The Federal Government has, to its great credit, committed to implementing business supply chain reporting. Yet, this report crucially highlights the need to also address the Government’s own procurement policies and the need for stronger domestic efforts to tackle issues of modern slavery, including forced marriage and cyber sex trafficking.
The Walk Free Foundation looks forward to all states following the lead of the Australian Government and Opposition both of which have committed to ending modern slavery in Australia and stripping this heinous practice from the supply chains of Australian businesses.
“The recommendations of the NSW Parliamentary Committee are sensible and needed” Mr Forrest says. “We look forward to the NSW Government responding positively to the report”. ENDS
Jannette Cotterell, Minderoo Foundation + 61 473 333 302
A copy of the report can be found here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/DBAssets/InquiryReport/Recommendations/6118/Summary%20of%20recommendations.pdf
Note to Editors
Andrew Forrest may be traveling. The Chief Executive Officer of Walk Free Foundation, Ms Jenn Morris, is available for interviews.