Nov 2018 | Anti-slavery commissioner needed: ACTU

Date: 12 Nov 2018

Source: 9NEWS

An anti-slavery commissioner is needed to clamp down on corrupt and illegal business practices, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

The Modern Slavery Bill is back in the Senate on Monday, where proposed amendments will be floated.

When the bill was last in the lower house in September, Labor's attempts to establish a commissioner and include penalties for non-compliance were voted down.

More than 40 million people worldwide are believed to be victims of modern slavery, including 4300 Australians.

Modern slavery covers issues such as forced labour, child labour, people trafficking, debt bondage and the sale or sexual exploitation of children.

ACTU president Michele O'Neil says significant changes are needed to protect the rights of Australians.