Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 16:13 :42 ): The Greens support Christian Democratic Party amendments Nos 3, 6 and 8 as they will strengthen the bill and achieve the purpose of the bill. There are two principal changes. The first is the creation of a joint parliamentary modern slavery committee. I will speak to the other change later. Committees have reported previously on instances of human trafficking; for example, the Inquiry into the exploitation of people through trafficking, in all its forms in NSW, that was conducted by Multicultural NSW back in 2013. It was disappointing that the Government failed to implement the recommendations of that committee. We have now had another inquiry into human trafficking, and although the Government has not yet responded to it I am not very hopeful that we will see the full range of recommendations implemented. That is why I believe it is important to have a standing committee on modern slavery, which these amendments would create. Having a permanent presence with a view to monitoring the situation in New South Wales would be really valuable. It would allow us to delve a little deeper into these issues which can often be very nuanced and complicated. I commend the amendments to the House.
Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 16:25 :59 ): The Greens support these amendments which empower the Auditor-General to conduct risk-based audits of government agencies. New South Wales government agencies such as NSW Health, Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW are perhaps some of the largest procurers of goods and services in this country. It is therefore essential that the Auditor-General be given the power to conduct risk-based audits of government agencies to examine their supply chains and identify where modern slavery practices are being used so the issue can be addressed. I would like the Auditor-General finally to be given the “follow the money” powers that will allow him or her to conduct audits, including these risk-based audits of private entities and non-government organisations that use public money. This is something for which I have been calling for some time but which the Government is ignoring, even though every other State in Australia gives their Auditors-General these powers. I commend the amendments to the House.