Due to lax regulation, Australians are unwittingly spending up to $600 million a year on imported goods produced under slave labour conditions.
It is an offence in Australia for companies to make a financial transaction involving a slave. Yet not one Australian company has ever been prosecuted for slavery in its supply chain, and the government is not monitoring which companies import slave-produced goods.
This is a problem because some of the most mundane things in our shopping trolleys are high-risk products for slave labour. Frozen prawns from Thailand, rice from India, and cheap toys from China are just three examples.
In March 2013, the Commonwealth Government announced a strategy to ensure that all goods and services supplied to Government departments have a slavery-free supply chain. Giving us the same guarantee is the next step.
Join us in signing this petition, and tell the Government to give Australian consumers a Slavery Free Guarantee.
- Minister for Justice
The Honorable Michael Keenan
Every year, Australia imports around $600 million of products, which may have been produced using slave labour.
It is already an offence for companies to make a financial transaction involving a slave, and the Commonwealth has taken steps to ensure that all goods and services provided to Government departments are slavery free.
I want to be able to shop with the same confidence, knowing that the products I buy don’t hurt the people who make them.
Please act to require that all companies importing goods for sale in Australia take reasonable steps to guarantee there is no slavery in the production processes.
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