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June 21, 2018
The Salvation Army welcomes the successful passage of Australia’s first modern slavery bill through the New South Wales parliament today
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February 16, 2018
The Salvation Army welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government that victims of forced marriage will have access to 200 days of support through the Support for Trafficked People Program, without being required to contribute to a criminal investigation or prosecution
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Jenny Stanger, National Manager, The Salvation Army – Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery 0402399400
August 16, 2017
The Salvation Army welcomes the Federal Government’s proposal to introduce new legislation requiring Australian businesses to report annually on steps taken to address slavery in their supply chains.
March 30, 2017
MEDIA RELEASE: Business Council of Australia supports a Modern Slavery Act.
The Salvation Army Freedom Partnership together with the Australian Freedom Network welcomes the Business Council of Australia’s recent support for a Modern Slavery Act – an Act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like work conditions.
For more information or media comment please contact:
- James Condon, Chair, Australian Freedom Network, c/- Alison Rahill, 0429517157
- Jenny Stanger, National Manager, The Salvation Army – Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery 0402399400
November 30, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: Churchill Fellowship-Laura Vidal
Congratulations to our National Projects Coordinator Laura Vidal who has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship! Through the fellowship Laura will undertake an international research project on early and forced marriage which will help to advance Australia’s response on this issue.
July 1, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: Response to 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report by The Freedom Partnership to end modern Slavery.
May 20, 2016
The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership- to End Modern Slavery together with The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcome the Coalition’s announcement of policy to address the exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers, but remain concerned it won’t go far enough to help workers raise the alarm. Read the full press release HERE
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April 27, 2016
Open Letter – Australian Government must support vulnerable migrant women escaping family violence
The Freedom Partnership joins with over 130 organisations in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urging the Government to ensure that migrant women on temporary visas who seek to escape violence are entitled to crisis payments regardless of their visa status.
April 18, 2016
Our national policy and advocacy officer, Heather Moore was interviewed by The Brisbane Times on what could be preventing human trafficking prosecutions in Australia. Read the story HERE.
April 12, 2016
How do we prevent an invisible crime? Our national policy and advocacy officer, Heather Moore, writes for The Border Crossing Observatory on human trafficking in Australia. Read the full article HERE.
April 11, 2016
‘This is happening in Australia’: Sydney victim of slavery speaks out.
An interview in The Sydney Morning Herald with one of our Freedom Advocates Susan, who tells her story of being enslaved in Sydney before escaping and finding refuge in our Trafficking and Slavery Safe House. Now an advocate for us at The Freedom Partnership, she bravely shares her story with the hope of helping other victims come forward. Read the article HERE.
April 1, 2016
The Freedom Partnership together with 10 other organisations, service providers, unions and academics* who seek to advance the rights of migrant workers in Australia, have released a joint media release in opposition to the ‘backpacker tax.’
We are urging the Minster for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, to stop the ‘backpacker tax’ because it creates incentives for informal work which paves the way for people to be exploited.
Read the media release HERE.*Asian Australian Alliance, Asian Women at Work, National Union of Workers (NUW), United Voice, United WHY (HKWHY, KOWHY, T-WHY) Dr. Laurie Berg, UTS, Faculty of Law, Tina Davis, Dept of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Sydney Dr. Bassina Farbenblum, UNSW Law Prof. Nicola Piper, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre, University of Sydney Dr. Stuart Rosewarne, Dept of Political Economy, University of Sydney
March 8, 2016
To mark International Women’s Day, our Campaign Coordinator Laura and Freedom Advocate Amina share their thoughts on achieving access to comprehensive and rights based responses to forced marriage. Their op-ed was published in the Huffington Post Australia and SBS.
December 21, 2015
The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Workplace Relations reports on it’s findings, read more.
December 18, 2015
National Manager Jenny Stanger and National Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Heather Moore call for greater monitoring and restrictions on diplomats bringing domestic workers to Australia, ABC’s Michael Brissenden reports.
December 6, 2015
Members of the Australian Freedom Network talk to ABC’s John Cleary about Slavery in Australia and the actions faith leaders are taking.
December 2, 2015
The Salvation Army together with Walk Free launch The Australian Freedom Network. Read about the launch, take action at www.afn.org.au
July 21, 2015
The Sydney Morning Herald speaks with National Manager Jenny Stanger about the recent visa reforms for people who have experienced human trafficking in Australia. Full article here.
July 2, 2015
May 27 2015
NGOs and Survivors welcome Trafficking visa changes. Community organisations welcome the announcement of changes to support victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices in Australia. Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison and Minister assisting the Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash announced these reforms in relation to victims of trafficking:
1. Renaming the permanent Witness Protection Trafficking Visa (WPTV) to protect victim’s confidentiality
2. Removing the Criminal Justice Stay Visa (CJSV) from the framework, to be replaced with a new visa framework
3. Adding eligibility for the Adult Migrant English Program for bridging visa holders
4. Removing the two-year waiting period for an alternate support payment to Special Benefit after the grant of the permanent visa
Australian Government Press Release:
The Hon. Scott Morrison & Michaelia Cash Press Release
March 25 2015
The Salvation Army Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery welcomes the announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the exploitation of temporary work visas including temporary skilled migrant (457), working holiday (417) and student visas. According to National Manager, Jenny Stanger, “The Freedom Partnership is concerned about this issue because we regularly respond to exploited migrants across a range of our Salvation Army services. In the most extreme cases, our Trafficking and Slavery Safe House is responding to forced labour, servitude, trafficking in persons and other slavery-like conditions.”
May 21 2015
A Darwin based hospitality business has been fined a record $175,000 for the exploitation of 457 visa workers, full story here.
May 5 2015
May 4 2015
A revealing look at the agricultural industry in Australia, engaging in exploitative work practices. ABC Four Corners- Slaving Away
April 4 2015
Slavery in Australian Suburbs, SBS report
December 2 2014
On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, The Freedom Partnership releases Sandra’s Story. Sandra has shared her story to encourage others to take action and end modern slavery in Australia
Intl Day Abolition Slavery 2014- Press Release
How Sandra became a modern day slave in Australia
November 18 2014
August 1 2014
July 30 2014
The Freedom Partnership launches on the inaugural UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Freedom Partnership Press Release
July 30 2014
July 15 2014
May 22 2014
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Other Media & Links on The Freedom Partnership:
Modern slavery in Australia
Articles & Research
Early & Forced Marriage
Responding to Early and Forced Marriage in Australia. Conference paper prepared for the 2016 Association of Child Welfare Agencies Conference by Laura Vidal, National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership.
Modern slavery in Australia
Free Trade Agreements & Modern Slavery?
2015- Assoc. Professor Stuart Rosewarne ‘Free Trade Agreements Driving Labour Market Reforms by Stealth’, The Conversation