Australia's Modern Slavery Act: challenges for a post-COVID world?

Fellows, Jamie, and Chong, Mark David (2020) Australia's Modern Slavery Act: challenges for a post-COVID world? Alternative Law Journal, 45 (3). pp. 209-214.

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Abstract

When the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) struck in early 2020, the Commonwealth government eased reporting deadlines and extended the date for firms required to submit modern slavery statements under Australia's Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). The economic recession caused by COVID-19 has produced the necessary conditions for further exploitation and enslavement of vulnerable individuals. This article asserts that, even without COVID-19, the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) in its current form will do little to address forms of modern slavery such as sexual exploitation, forced marriage, trafficking and domestic servitude. This is because the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) primarily targets labour exploitation and requires suppliers to voluntarily disclose their involvement with modern slavery.

Item ID: 64354
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2398-9084
Keywords: Modern slavery, law reform, COVID-19, coronavirus and the law, anti-slavery, corporations
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 23:06
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940407 Legislation, Civil and Criminal Codes @ 50%
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