Issue 11
May 2018
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 Newsletter from Victoria Australia

Raising Awareness                   Taking Action
(This RAG is not an agency of or controlled by, Rotary International)
Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to our new subscribers.
It has been a while since our last End Slavery Newsletter, but plenty has been happening!

Following the release in December 2017 of the Report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for Australia, titled “Hidden in Plain Sight”,  we now await the drafting of the legislation, which we understand will have broad bi-partisan support, although there are some areas of difference between the Parties. One of importance is the inclusion of an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner; some media reports are suggesting this role may not be included in the legislation. Also, there may not be provision for penalties for non-compliance. We believe both of these would be serious deficiencies in the legislation if not included. If you feel the same way, you are encouraged to write to your local member, or preferably to Cabinet Ministers, as they will have the final say. On a positive note, it is likely the provisions of the legislation will apply to Governments as well as businesses, and there will be a central publicly accessible repository for company reports.

Also included in this Issue are some great new End Slavery projects in Nepal and Laos for your clubs to consider supporting, either through direct donation to the partner NGO, or through an International District Grant already drafted.  All donations to these projects are matched 4:1 through Australian Aid - a great multiplier!

Some of us are heading to Toronto for RI President Ian Riseley’s Convention, and we look forward to catching up with other RAGAS members and supporters at the RAGAS Breakout Session and at the House of Friendship booth. For more details, see Mark Little’s RAGAS Newsletter #83 link below. We are hopeful some great new initiatives will come from conversations and sharing of ideas and projects at the Convention, and we will provide a report in Issue #12 when we return.

Tony Stokes
Rotary Club of Box Hill Central D9810 
RAGAS Board Member
RAGAS Coordinator for Victoria, Australia      
The Federal Government will force 3,000 big companies to explain how they are stamping out modern slavery, a move welcomed by anti-slavery campaigners.
Read more here.
Update and share your knowledge about what is Modern Slavery, then encourage your Rotary club to get active, addressing the issue through projects.  Two opportunities follow. 
Download Project Harmony flyer here.
Download Project Champassak flyer here.
  • RI 2018 Convention - book for RAGAS breakout session (Monday 25 June between 13.00 -14.30 hrs) / visit RAGAS booth no. 312
  • Schools4Freedom Project
  • trafficking destination Kamathipura, Mumbai
  • slavery in Australian diplomatic residences
  • Global Grant to combat human trafficking
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