Final Hurdle Completed

Bill passes NSW Parliament

Today the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 passed the NSW Parliament, led by the Hon. Paul Green MLC, Member for the Christian Democratic Party.

Today is a historic occasion, I am very grateful for everyone's support. 

The Modern Slavery Bill is now the first of its kind in Australia, with New South Wales now leading the nation in tackling human trafficking.

Today it is humbling that NSW has been able to lead the way and set a national benchmark.

We have established a framework, for states around this nation to look too. I am proud of our achievement. I know there is more to be done and I am committed to continuing this work.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the many stakeholder organisations and individuals that have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this abhorrent crime. Today their advocacy has borne fruit. 

The Modern Slavery Bill confronts the crimes of human trafficking including slavery and slavery-like practices such as servitude, forced labour, debt bondage, organ trafficking, deceptive recruiting as well as forced marriage and childhood brides.

The Bill paves the way for the appointment of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner, empowers government and commercial organisations to slave-proof supply-lines, and ensures a victim-centred approach for those who have fallen prey to this heinous crimes in our state. This Bill also strengthens laws with regard to child forced marriage and cybersex trafficking.

I believe that every person deserves to be free. Free from being enslaved, forced or coerced to preform labour in whatever form may take. In the agricultural, mining, medical, sexual or hospitality or any service industry.

Today we have acknowledged the existence of this heinous crime and chosen to draw a line in the sand for the state of New South Wales.