AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Bishops commend Senate for passing anti-slavery legislation
Media Release November 30, 2018
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has congratulated the Australian Senate for taking an important step towards eliminating the scourge of slavery.
In its submission to the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 earlier this year, the ACBC said Australians “have a moral imperative to eradicate the injustice of modern slavery. If we know that a person’s human dignity is being harmed in this way, we should do what we can to free them from that ill-treatment”.
That legislation passed through the Senate this week. It is expected to be debated in the House of Representatives before the end of the year.
The Bishops Conference, meeting together this week, paid special tribute to the efforts of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) and the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce advocating for new legislation.
The ACBC said it is “a travesty” that an estimated 4300 people in Australia are victims of modern slavery, in forms such as people trafficking, forced labour and forced marriage.
It called the passage of legislation “an important first step in national efforts against slavery”, with further work needed to establish an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner who can drive efforts to eradicate modern slavery and hold large organisations accountable.
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Volunteers celebrate the launch of the WA ACRATH office yesterday (ACRATH)
The voice of trafficked women in Australia will continue to be heard with the official opening of a new anti-trafficking office in Perth yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans)
ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will open an office in Perth on October 29 to further its work nationally. The office has been provided by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers. ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said “ACRATH’s anti-trafficking work, particularly our work to eliminate forced marriage, has been driven in Western Australia by our volunteers. Some schools in the state with vulnerable population groups have participated in forced marriage teacher training and awareness raising sessions for students, particularly young women. More sessions are planned for next year.”