The next national steps on the Modern Slavery Act: Government can protect Australians from the crime of slavery through the Criminal Code
Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 came into effect on 1 January 2019. It complements the existing Criminal Code on the serious crimes of slavery and human trafficking (Division 270 and 271). This Commonwealth legislation is an important step forward, but the Morrison Government rejected key parts of the advice from experts, several recommendations from the Joint Parliamentary Inquiry and several recommendations from a Senate Legislation Committee inquiry.
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