On 7 December 2017, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade ('the Committee') tabled its final report on modern slavery, titled ‘.’
In November 2016, the Committee sought approval from the Australian Government to investigate modern slavery, and in February 2017 the government, through the Attorney-General, provided a referral for the inquiry. For an overview of the inquiry’s terms of reference, see TimeBase’s earlier article.
On 16 August 2017, the Committee released its Interim Report, which recommended the establishment of a mandatory global supply chain reporting requirement to certain entitles and the creation of legislation pertaining to modern slavery. For an overview of the interim report, see TimeBase’s article.
In the final report, the Committee recommended the introduction of a federal Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The recommended Act should include:
The Committee also made the following key recommendations:
The Law Council of Australia. The President of the Law Council of Australia, Fiona Mcleod SC said that it was critical to establish a National Compensation Scheme, :
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Final Report from the Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, ', Tabled December 2017.
Law Council of Australia, ',' (Media release) 8 December 2017.
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