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Australia has introduced new laws to prevent slavery in supply chains. This article outlines recent legislative changes (at NSW and Commonwealth level), considers what they do and what changes they will require businesses in Australia to make, as well as what to anticipate given the international context of increasing corporate human rights regulation.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that two thirds of the 40.3 million people living in slavery worldwide are in the Asia-Pacific region, many of whom provide the labour for industries that supply food, clothes and electronic goods to the Australian market.

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