Australia: Australia warns of modern slavery risks in government supply chains

Australia said on Wednesday that construction and textiles were among the riskiest industries for slave labour in the public sector, in its first report on government efforts to clean up its supply chains.

The government’s inaugural modern slavery statement, required by a 2018 law, outlined efforts to train officials on the topic, inform public bodies and suppliers of risks, and improve its purchasing practices.

The government entered into 78,150 contracts for public goods and services worth A$64.5 billion ($48 billion) in the last financial year, including for computer hardware and software, uniforms for law enforcement, and military vehicles.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

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