Aussie News

Here is the news from Australia District 9810. Victoria produces a District ‘End Slavery’ Newsletter which is circulated to all Clubs. It’s edited by RAGAS Coordinator, Tony Stokes. Tony pulls relevant articles from RAGASnews and adds material from other sources to keep Rotarians informed and engaged. Click on an Issue number to open.

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Praise for Australia’s first federal Modern Slavery Act which
was passed on 2nd December – see report. Grace Forrest,
Founding Director of the Walk Free Foundation and recently
appointed UNAA Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery
will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Victorian Rotary
Multi District Conference. View a short clip of Grace as she
speaks at the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague
in October
The edition promotes Walk Free’s recently published 2018
Global Slavery Index. It also invites support for a project in
Karen State Myanmar, benefiting 700 children and their
families. The project will be undertaken partnership with the
Charity International Needs (Australia). This edition also
promotes a prospective Global Grant opportunity sponsored
by D5180, Texas – see summary and invites Rotarians to join
the 2019 Slavery Awareness trip to Cambodia and Thailand,
organised in conjunction with Stop the Traffic. The trip is
scheduled for 3rd to 13th February 2019.
Provides an update on the introduction of the anti-slavery
legislation (see article); calls for support for the Harmony
Project in Nepal
, and the Champassak Project in Laos.
Sungai Kolok, Southern Thailand, Global Grant seeking
funding partners. Hidden in Plain Sight, just released, a
Parliamentary Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery
Act in Australia, and ethical Christmas shopping guides
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk
Free Foundation have jointly updated, extended and
published the latest estimate of the World’s enslaved
people. Known as the 2017 Global Estimate of Modern
, it suggests there are some 40 million people
enslaved. “The 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery are
presented as a contribution to the (UN’s) Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), in particular to Target 8.7 which
calls for effective measures to end forced labour, modern
slavery and human trafficking as well as child labour in all
its forms”. Also in this Edition ‘End Slavery’ promotes the
annual ping-pong-a-thon which raises funds for six worthy
anti-slavery charities. It also promotes public interest in the
Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Modern Slavery Act
which drew evidence from leading RAGAS Members
Malcolm Baird, Tony Stokes and Dr. Gillian Booth. See their
RAGAS Submission No 21, which is acknowledged in the
Committee’s final report, Hidden in Plain Sight: An inquiry
into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia
published on 7th December 2017.
Released to coincide with the UN World Day Against Human
Trafficking (30 July) it includes this link to the latest
Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). This edition is packed
with useful links. You can read RAGAS Members (Australia)
submission to the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry on
Modern Slavery (Item 21) here. Watch the Rotary
international Trafficking Panel session
at Rotary Convention
in Atlanta. There is an excellent short video from Freedom
United (Was Walkfree) on forms of slavery. There are links
to four Club project opportunities being organised in Nepal,
India, Northern Thailand and Cambodia. There are
opportunities to join one of more of three exploratory fields
trips organised by Stop the Traffic. India Fashion Field Trip
in November 2017, an India Field trip in January 2018 and
a further field trip to Thailand/Cambodia in Jan/Feb 2018.
Australian Members meet our good friend Matt Friedman
(Mekong Business Club) on his recent visit to Melbourne,
hosted by Stop the Traffik. View his video ‘Where were You
Editor Tony Stokes explains how to Rotarians can engage
and inform debate with the Australian Government as it sets
out to inquire into whether it should adopt national
legislation to combat modern slavery. Working with Stop
the Traffik the edition is supporting a campaign to make
it a “Traffik Free Easter” by selecting only brands of
chocolate that are ethically produced. View this hard
hitting documentary – The Dark side of Chocolate. Better
still Share it on your own Facebook page. Help fight cyber
sex trafficking in the Philippines through A Rotary
Foundation Global Grant (to be featured at RAGAS’s
Business meeting in Atlanta; Support Child Rights in
, and / or support the “Save the Girl child” project
A landmark edition. Supported by short videos, it helps us
understand the importance of developing effective supply
chain management to root out and eliminate slave labour
engaged in the goods and services we buy. It also puts a
focus on cybersex trafficking of children in the Philippines,
inviting your support for a RAGAS supported global grant
project being jointly developed between RC Grants Pass
(USA) and RC Metro Manila (Philippines). Editor Tony
Stokes, also features 5 other potential projects, in India,
Myanmar, and Zambia for Clubs to support.
5  Sept
Tony Stokes introduces a new, more dynamic Newsletter
format using MailChimp. There are updates on smaller,
affordable project opportunities for Clubs; Welcome to new
RAGAS members in Victoria; A BBC article entitled “A
Modern day slave in Australia’s suburbs. If you are
outside Australia and wish to donate to any one of these
$AUD projects you can do so via PayPal, using either the
Australian $ (AUD) donate button on the RAGAS Donate
. There is also a very disturbing video report (7.30
mins) on cyber sex trafficking in the Philippines from ABC
News Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil
crime we are seeing
‘. It features the work done by the
International Justice Mission (IJM) to track down and
prosecute the perpetrators. NB RAGAS member Irene
Garcia, President of RC Metro Manila and her Club are
working with international partnering Club RC Grants Pass
and RAGAS Coordinator Caleb Laplant to produce a Global
grant to challenge this crime in Manila, supported by IJM.
Introduces opportunities for Clubs to support five new
projects in Rotary year 2016 : View the Newsletter for further
details and weblinks
Focuses on the Australian scene with the launch of the
Australian Freedom Network by Walk Free founder Andrew
Forrest and endorsement by Australia’s Prime Minister,
Malcolm Turnbull. It also includes recent articles from the
Australian Press which have highlighted possible unethical
practices within the supply chains of some major retailers.
Features a report on the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development which includes a declaration “to eradicate
forced labour and human trafficking and end child labour in
all its forms”.
Introduction to the Newsletter and the topic of child slavery
and exploitation as well as an introduction to the Rotarian
Action Group against Child Slavery. The headline item is the
World Summit to End Human Trafficking that was hosted by
Past US President Jimmy Carter and RAGAS Board member
Dave McCleary, with RI President Ravi Ravindran as a
keynote speaker