A coalition of organisations have united to release a statement of support against modern slavery, setting out key principles for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The Australian government earlier this year set up a joint-standing committee to investigate legislation to combat modern slavery, with more than 40 million people estimated to be living in some form of modern slavery worldwide, including 4,300 people in Australia. In August, the Coalition government proposed legislation that would make it a requirement for large businesses to report annually on modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

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