The first lunch for 2019 was held on the usual third Wednesday in February, at Graduate House, University of Melbourne.
This talk focused on Australia – how Australians can be part of the slavery problem as well as contributing to possible solutions. In a global economy, Australians are exposed to slave-making in the Asia Pacific and there have been cases of slavery originating in Australia. Since the first Australian legislation in 1995, slavery has come to the attention of governments, businesses, non-government and not-for-profit organisations. The talk was given by Roscoe Howell, who explained how three Acts of Parliament now mediate forced labour/servitude slavery in Victoria.
Roscoe Howell is the Founding Director of Slavery Links Australia Inc., and the author of ‘Australians and Modern Slavery’ (2011), which has a Foreword by The Hon Catherine Branson, QC (former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission).