Australia’s determination to play a leading role in eliminating modern slavery around the globe is unwavering, Foreign Minister Marise Payne has told a United Nations event in New York. Source: SBS News.
Ms Payne, Australia’s representative at this week’s UN General Assembly attended by 130 world leaders including US President Donald Trump, said Australia had a long record on funding programs and working to end human slavery.
“Australia is very pleased to join with the United Kingdom and so many other partners in working to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking,” Ms Payne told the Stepping Up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking event on Monday in Manhattan.
“We have a long track record of domestic action and leadership of regional and international efforts to eliminate these terrible crimes.”
Ms Payne acknowledged her predecessor Julie Bishop’s role on the issue, after Ms Bishop gave her assurances Ms Payne would also continue the fight for justice for the families of those who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.
Meanwhile, ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has welcomed the passage of the Modern Slavery Bill in the House of Representatives earlier this month.
In a statement on the ACRATH website, the organisation said: “While ACRATH welcomes this development it is hoped that there will be some amendments before the Bill passes into law. In particular, ACRATH would like to see the inclusion of an independent statutory officer to assist with the implementation of the Bill.”
Modern Slavery Bill Progresses (ACRATH)