Slavery means that one person acts as if he or she owns another.11. Note: The High Court of Australia has ruled that it is impossible for one person to “own” another under Australian law. The legal tests for slavery in Australia are eleven extreme forms of over-control that in effect amount to ownership. These tests or indicia can be found in R v Wei Tang (2008) 237 CLR 1, para 28. | Photo credit: Zeyn Afuang
Being treated as if owned is what makes slavery a serious domestic and international crime (and in some settings a crime against humanity).
Call to recognise the treaty against slavery as one of Australia’s “core” human rights obligations.
Success in this campaign will educate politicians about slavery, each time a new Bill goes through Parliament. Campaign success would also make freedom from slavery eligible for development of a school curriculum; and would bring this freedom into the remit of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
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The law can be a driver of change. This insight is a key to Slavery Links’ strategy and approach.
Three laws define how Australian entities should develop anti-slavery corporate cultures, how they should manage supply chains to remove ‘modern’ slavery, and how governments should work towards freedom from forced labour-servitude and slavery.
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In a global economy, Australia is exposed to slavery through trade, migration and tourism.
It is a crime to reduce a person to slavery, with intent or recklessly. Business and other organisations must develop systems and a culture to keep them free of slavery. Directors and managers can be liable for slavery in their business.
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