Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has welcomed a commitment by the New South Wales Government to finally enact legislation passed by Parliament to provide greater protection for the victims of modern slavery. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.
The government has accepted all the recommendations of a 2019 Legislative Council report, endorsing the NSW Modern Slavery Act 2018 and supported in principle a recommendation to commence the act before the end of the year.
Under the new laws, companies with annual consolidated revenue of over $50 million would have to produce public statements detailing how they are keeping their supply chains slavery-free. The NSW Government has also promised to begin talks with the Commonwealth Government for it to lower the threshold under federal laws from $100 million to $50 million.
Archbishop Fisher said the new laws are long overdue.
“It is pleasing to see the NSW Government finally commit to implementing new legislation to protect the victims of modern slavery. I am grateful to the more than 10,000 people who petitioned the government over recent months, calling for an end to the stalling tactics that were delaying the enactment of these laws,” he said.
“Our community cannot be indifferent to modern slavery and human trafficking, or our responsibility to eradicate it. Like the Good Samaritan, we must reach out with a supportive hand to those in greatest need. I look forward to these laws coming into effect, and urge the government to ensure this happens before the end of this year.”
The Archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce director Alison Rahill said it was very pleasing to see the NSW Government attempting to drive change on this issue at a state level.
Archbishop Fisher welcomes NSW Government's plans to address modern slavery (Sydney Archdiocese)