30 March, 2011

Tim Costello webcast - Indigenous Australia



A must watch JUSTSalvos webcast!
Rev Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Aus talks with us about the state of Indigenous Australia including why our shared past makes reconcilliation both difficult and vital for moving forward

Important Letter from MP Andrew Wilkie

-- The gambling industry has just launched a $20 million campaign to try and scuttle reform on pokies. That's why we're teaming up with Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and our friends at Avaaz to launch a huge national petition in support of reforms that could help families affected by problem gambling. Can you add your name today, and forward Mr. Wilkie's message below to friends and family? --

Dear Sheryl, Problem gamblers can easily lose more than $1,000 an hour on poker machines. It tears families apart, houses are lost and kids go hungry. That's why the machines are referred to as the 'crack cocaine of the gambling industry.'

In this Parliament we have our best chance ever to tackle the problem on account of the agreement for reform I have with the Government. But the powerful Clubs Australia has just announced that it will spend $20 million to stop that happening. And we all know what the mining industry achieved with its $20-million advertising campaign against the super profits tax last year.

It will take a committed effort to win this fight. Let's give it an enormous boost with a huge national petition to show my colleagues and the media that while Clubs Australia has the money, we have the people. I'll launch the petition with GetUp at the National Press Club today and present it to the Prime Minister when we reach 100,000 names.

Please add your voice and forward this to everyone you know. www.getup.org.au/campaign/pokies

A mother recently gave a searingly honest account of her rapid descent into pokies addiction at the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform that I chair. She had gambled all her life without a problem, but that changed when she was introduced to poker machines. In her words, she changed from a happy-go-lucky, socially-active mother and friend to a restless, isolated, depressed and suicidal woman. The nurse spent her days gambling on pokies, only breaking to pick up the kids from school and grab less than two hours sleep before heading to work the night shift in an intensive care unit at her local hospital.

I have heard countless variations of this story during my years pushing for action on poker machines. These personal stories are the reason we need to clean up this industry, in particular with policies like gamblers nominating how much they are prepared to lose, and maximum withdrawl limits from ATMs in gambling venues. But while I have an agreement with the Prime Minister to make this happen, the fight is not yet won. Some MPs have even told me that they don't believe strong poker machine reform will ever happen: they simply can't believe that an industry this powerful, with this much money at its disposal, could ever lose.

It will take a huge public movement to stop the powerful gambling lobby from getting its way. I hope you'll be part of it, and that you'll ask your friends and family to join too: www.getup.org.au/campaign/pokies

What are we fighting for? The industry spends millions of dollars designing poker machines to be as addictive as possible - to give problem gamblers as little chance as possible to kick a habit that can destroy families. That's why we must give these families simple tools to help them make their own choices, including a system where gamblers pre-commit how much they want to spend on a given day (known as 'pre-commitment').

The clubs industry is one of the most powerful in Australia. Its political influence is impossible to overestimate, and it will fight to the last penny to keep making a fortune at the expense of Australian families. But with your support I know we can build a campaign that proves the voices of the people can be louder then those of vested interest.

Thanks for taking part, Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Denison

NB: When you sign this petition, your email address and other contact details won't be shared with anyone. GetUp are proud to be working with Independent MP Andew Wilkie, and our friends at Avaaz (an international movement for change) on this campaign. But when you sign this petition your details won't be shared with Mr. Wilkie, Avaaz, or anyone else - as per our privacy policy.

29 March, 2011

Salvation Of The World


The new album from Brad Ellis is out now, available on iTunes and hard copy.


The new album from Brad Ellis is out now, available on iTunes and hard copy.'Salvation Of The World' is inspired firstly by the book (and imagery) of 'In Darkest England and the Way Out' – the vision for a world-changing, structurally reforming social campaign by William Booth and secondly by my involvement at Melbourne 614…


Each of these songs is infused with the stories of broken lives on a path to transformation as well as the heartfelt cry of God to see kingdom values and JUSTICE rule in the City and in the lives of those who are seen as the least.


Brad says, 'I hope the album will show a City -and World -that needs Hope, Justice, Peace and the message of Jesus. As well (and importantly), I hope that the album will challenge people to actually be a part of the change!"


The album can be ordered through Salvation Army Trade Stores for $15 or is available on iTunes.

The profits from the album are going towards youth projects at 614 in Melbourne.


Retired General Eva Burrows said this about the album: “This is a truly great CD. Songs with a powerful message, and powerful music of hope for the broken and despairing. Social justice is a theme of Brad’s life, and through these songs he wants you and me to join with Jesus in His challenge to change the world”


Go to Brad's website to read a great blog post on the album by Phil Laeger or check out the recent War Cry article on the new album.

For more info you can check out the web page for the album WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD SONG CHARTS – use them as often and freely as you like in your Worship!

18 March, 2011

Statement on Aboriginal Rights by leading Australians.

Statement on Aboriginal Rights by leading Australians.

Australia has faced questioning at the United Nations by member states and independent experts regarding its Indigenous policies. The failure to restore the rights of Aboriginal people is currently being scrutinised under the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council and was criticised in 2010 by both the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Such scrutiny can only reveal just how far Australia is lagging behind international standards on human rights policies. Changes are urgently needed.

In such a context, we have become increasingly concerned by the failure of the Federal Government, with the tacit support of the Opposition, to properly address problems facing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. In particular, the Northern Territory Emergency Response (the Intervention) has been progressed without credible consultation with, or the approval of, Aboriginal people.
While there are some limited aspects of the Intervention that have been viewed positively in some Aboriginal communities, it is the compulsory nature of the policies which are of concern.

It is our belief that inequality cannot be addressed by the removal of control from affected peoples over their lives and land, as is current Government policy. Positive change requires respect and genuine engagement with the people themselves at the local level, rather than an isolated policy development in Canberra.

Examples of the failure of policies include:
· The delayed, incomplete and flawed reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act.
· The entrenchment of discrimination against Aborigines in the criminal law of the NT by failing to repeal s. 91 of the NTER Act which ensures that no customary law or cultural practice, excuses, justifies, authorises, requires or lessens the seriousness of any criminal behaviour with which the Crimes Act is concerned.
· The retention and widening of involuntary income management in order to give it a veneer of non discrimination.
· The failure to provide proper housing exemplified by the slow pace of doing so and the fact that of new houses built by Government under the SIHIP1 programme to alleviate overcrowding, there is a failure to take into account the size or requirements of the average Aboriginal family
· The failure to provide full time education to Aboriginal children, which is a right of all Australian children. Examples include:

* The fact that the 46 Aboriginal Homeland Learning Centres for which the NT Department of Education and Training2 is responsible have never been allocated full-time qualified teachers and are reliant on fly-in fly-out teachers, often for only one or two days per week.

* The failure of NTER measures such as the policy of removal of welfare entitlements where there is unsatisfactory school attendance, in that recent figures from the NT Department of Education2 show a steady fall in attendance at schools in very remote areas between 2006-7 and 2009-10.

· Maintaining the intervention despite evidence such as:
* The Health Impact Assessment3 launched in March 2010, which found that the Intervention could potentially lead to profound long-term damage to overall health and cultural integrity.

* The 2010 Enquiry into NT Child Protection4 which links health problems to community disadvantage and poverty associated with overcrowding, unsafe and stressful environments, poor community infrastructure, poor nutrition and limited health care, all of which were supposed to have been addressed by the intervention.

The Government’s policy approach must move from one of bureaucratic control by Canberra to one of recognition of Aboriginal leadership, negotiation, capacity building and direct input by Aboriginal people to local government decision-making. Without the direct engagement with Aboriginal people, policy changes will fail. With Aboriginal leaders, Government must commit to a policy of support by developing economies, encouraging investment and creating jobs by improving transport and communication systems, and where appropriate, the use of taxation incentives.
Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory must have choice and must not be forced to abandon their lands and heritage in order to obtain services that are automatically provided to other Australians.
The vision that is created must be one that is shared by both black and white.

We accordingly call upon the Government to start afresh, to comply with our international obligations by bringing the Northern Territory Intervention to an end, including the termination of involuntary income management and securing Aboriginal rights in accordance with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Present flawed legislation including that purporting to re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act and s 91 of the NTER Act should be repealed and the Racial Discrimination Act reintroduced in an unqualified form.

Signed:
Professor Jon Altman Peter Norden AO
Diana Batzias Rev Alistair Macrae
Professor Larissa Behrendt Hon Colleen Moore
Rev Shayne Blackman Hon Ron Merkel QC
The Hon Sally Brown AM Graeme Mundine
Julian Burnside QC George Newhouse
Fred Chaney AO Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
Patrick Dodson Dr Sarah Prichard
Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC Professor Cheryl Saunders AO
Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL PC Brother Paul Smith AM
The Most Reverend Philip Freier Professor Fiona Stanley AC
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM Rev Ken Sumner
Hon Paul Guest QC Assoc Professor John Tobin
Phil Lynch Bret Walker SC
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM Brian Walters SC
Professor Tim McCormack Hon Ian Viner AO QC
Assoc Professor Sarah Maddison


Reference Notes:
1Information provided by FaHCSIA
2NT Department of Education and Training Annual Report 2008-09 Page 27 http://www.det.nt.gov.au/about-us/publications/annual-report-2008093Medical Journal of Australia August 2010 http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/192_10_170510/oma10307_fm.html
4Growing Them Strong, Together Report page 17 http://www.childprotectioninquiry.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/49786/Executive_Summary.pdf

5 Things to Know about Human Trafficking

The following is an article taken from the CNN Freedom Project, to end Modern Slavery.

By Amanda Kloer, Special to CNN

Editor's Note: Amanda Kloer is an editor with Change.org, where she organizes and promotes campaigns to end human trafficking. She has created numerous reports, documentaries and training materials on human trafficking in the United States and around the world.

Human trafficking might not be something we think about on a daily basis, but this crime affects the communities where we live, the products which we buy and the people who we care about.

Want to learn more? Here are the five most important things to know about human trafficking:

1. Human trafficking is slavery.Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It involves one person controlling another and exploiting him or her for work. Like historical slavery, human trafficking is a business that generates billions of dollars a year. But unlike historical slavery, human trafficking is not legal anywhere in the world. Instead of being held by law, victims are trapped physically, psychologically, financially or emotionally by their traffickers.

2. It's happening where you live.Stories about human trafficking are often set in far-away places, like cities in Cambodia, small towns in Moldova, or rural parts of Brazil. But human trafficking happens in cities and towns all over the world, including in the United States. Enslaved farmworkers have been found harvesting tomatoes in Florida and picking strawberries in California. Young girls have been forced into prostitution in Toledo, Atlanta, Wichita, Los Angeles, and other cities and towns across America. Women have been enslaved as domestic workers in homes in Maryland and New York. And human trafficking victims have been found working in restaurants, hotels, nail salons, and shops in small towns and booming cities. Wherever you live, chances are some form of human trafficking has taken place there.

3. It's happening to people just like you.Human trafficking doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, or religion. Anyone can be a victim. Most of the human trafficking victims in the world are female and under 18, but men and older adults can be trafficking victims too. While poverty, lack of education, and belonging to a marginalized group are all factors that increase risk of trafficking, victims of modern-day slavery have included children from middle-class families, women with college degrees, and people from dominant religious or ethnic groups.

4. Products you eat, wear, and use every day may have been made by human trafficking victims.Human trafficking isn't just in your town - it's in your home, since human trafficking victims are forced to make many of the products we use everyday, according to ProductsofSlavery.org. If your kitchen is stocked with rice, chocolate, fresh produce, fish, or coffee, those edibles might have been harvested by trafficking victims. If you're wearing gold jewelry, athletic shoes, or cotton underwear, you might be wearing something made by slaves. And if your home contains a rug, a soccer ball, fresh flowers, a cell phone, or Christmas decorations, then slavery is quite possibly in your house. Human trafficking in the production of consumer goods is so widespread, most people in America have worn, touched, or consumed a product of slavery at some point.

5. We can stop human trafficking in our lifetime.The good news is not only that we can end human trafficking around the world, we can end it within a generation. But to achieve that goal, everyone needs to work together. Already, activists around the world are launching and winning campaigns to hold governments and companies accountable for human trafficking, create better laws, and prevent trafficking in their communities. You can start a campaign on Change.org to fight trafficking in your community. You can also fight trafficking by buying from companies that have transparent and slave-free supply chains, volunteering for or donating to organizations fighting trafficking, and talking to your friends and family about the issue. Together, we can fight human trafficking … and win.

17 March, 2011

Life is like an box of chocolates...owned by all the fat kids

Imagine a fat, greedy, rich kid holding a big box of Chocolates. Then imagine two skinny, poor kids approach him. The fat kid is prepared to offer just one chocolate. One child steps up and quickly takes the opportunity to eat, snatching the chocolate. The other, misses out.
Who is the unjust one in this scenario. The child that quickly takes the opportunity to eat? Or is it a greater injustice that the fat child refuses to offer two chocolates?
Now imagine the fat child is Australia, rich in resources, infrastructure and land. Imaging one of the hungry children is a refugee who did not have the opportunity to flee to Australia, and the other skinny child is an asylum seeker. Who is the unjust one in this scenario, and as a consequence, to blame for one child's continued stay in a refugee camp; the asylum seeker? Or does the finger of blame point squarely to the one who has the opportunity to give more, but declines.
I am not suggesting we give away the whole box of chocolates. All I want is for the blame to sit where it belongs; not with the poor asylum seeker who may have taken a visa from another poor soul waiting in a camp. But with Australia, who fails to accept more refugees despite their ability and responsibility to do so.
We don't have to give away the whole box of chocolates, or indeed any of the chocolates. But let's at least take responsibility for our decision to withhold the chocolates rather than pinning it on the 'queue jumper'.
Something to think about at least.
Live justly,
Gen

Note: the term 'queue jumper' has only been used to illustrate the current language in the media. Just Salvos acknowledges that the term queue jumper is not an accurate term.

Missing Out

Here is an interesting piece by a researcher who discovered that 1.3 million Australians who qualify for pensions are missing out on their money simply because the system is too complicated. It grabbed my attention immediately. We usually hear stories in the reverse; dole bludgers 'taking' our tax money unfairly. So the question is, should the government spend as much time chasing up dole 'misser-outers' as much as they do 'dole-cheats'???
Hope you find this as interesting as I did...
Gen

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Missing Out - David Barker

“Welfare cheat” stories have become a staple for tabloid current affairs programs in Australia. We regularly hear about the scourge of dole bludgers and those in the community who are claiming benefits but appear to be healthy. In fact, the recent Budget announced a crackdown on the disability support pension by overhauling the impairment test. The tax office is quick to pursue people for minor amounts of unpaid tax and Centrelink will recover any money that may have been incorrectly paid because of a change of personal details.

Fair enough. But where is the obligation for Centrelink to ensure that those Australians who are entitled to receive government assistance actually receive it? The short answer is there is no obligation. Centrelink’s guide to payments states that:

“It is your responsibility to decide if you wish to apply for a payment and to make the application, having regard to your particular circumstances”. Put bluntly, it is up to you.

Did you know that in the unfortunate event of your partner dying you may qualify for a bereavement allowance to assist you through this difficult time? Or, if you provide daily care to someone with “substantial functional impairment” you may qualify for the standard allowance paid to carers?

While the government does offer assistance to Australians doing it tough, it does not
go out of its way to promote the availability of this assistance or make it simple to apply. The result is people are missing out on assistance they qualify for, assistance that is designed to support a more equitable society.

The government’s own 2004 estimate is that 1.3 million Australians miss out on assistance. More recent analysis by The Australia Institute found that more than 168,000 Australians are missing out on assistance worth $623 million across just four payments for parents, widows, carers and the disabled. That is an average of $3,707 per person. Multiply that by the government’s own figure and the IOU bill quickly stacks up.

In contrast, everyone is aware of the need to pay tax on the money they earn. In fact, the tax office and the government are making it easier for us to comply with the requirement to pay the tax it deems we owe. For example, the tax office offers online tax forms that are already partially filled in making the lodgement of a tax return easier.

For the government’s part, the recent Budget included a standard $500 deduction for
work-related expenses that can be claimed without sending in each dry cleaning
receipt. Then there is the tax office’s annual awareness campaign to promote the tax pack for individuals lodging their own tax return which began airing in May, two months before the end of the tax year.

And if understanding every question or correctly filling in the form still seems daunting you can opt to let an accountant do the tedious work for you. It is in the government’s interest to make lodging a tax return as easy, straight forward and hassle free as possible. There is money to be collected at the end. However, the incentive for the government to make claiming welfare assistance is not so attractive. There is money to be paid out at the end.

Centrelink forms are every bit as long and complicated as a tax return form and in many instances as much if not more evidence of income and assets is required. Yet, there is no provision of partially completed forms online, or even online claiming for that matter. If the government was serious about providing the levels of assistance it offers then this is one option it could consider implementing.

The possibility of using an accountant to complete a form, as you can with your tax, is not promoted by Centrelink on the Parenting Payment claim form but is on the Private Company form. This option carries a level of risk though, because if your claim is not approved you are still stuck with the accountant’s bill.

All of this is superfluous though if an individual is not informed about the range of available assistance or how to go about accessing information about assistance and how to claim.

Data-matching between government departments and agencies is currently being used to find those people whose changing circumstances result in them no longer qualifying for assistance. There is no reason this function could not be applied to identify people who are missing out.

While the government facilitates the payment of taxes it appears happy to keep what they can from many who qualify for assistance. The government has the way, but lacks the will to ensure all Australians receive the assistance the government itself deems them to need.

AUTHOR: David Baker
LINK: https://www.tai.org.au/index.php?q=node%2F19&pubid=760&act=display

15 March, 2011

JSL 11 Ep 06 - International Womens Day




On our JUSTSalvos webcast this week we talk about... You guessed it - International Womens Day!We chat about family violence and the oppression of women locally and globallyTake 13 minutes, check it out and let us know what you think!

JSL 11 Ep 05 - Jay Bakker Matt Pearse


Gen talks with Matt Pearse & Jay Bakker about how the Church can best show love, grace & acceptance to our homosexual brothers & sisters.Well worth 14 minutes of your time!

11 March, 2011

Contributing JUSTLY @JUSTSalvos

It's incredibly encouraging to see daily the comments, contributions and ideas that friends, fans and supporters of JUSTSalvos put forward.
Between Twitter, this blog and or Facebook page we have thousands of people actively invovled in JUSTSalvos each week... What a great opportunity we have to help change the world!

As the conversation grows, it's worth outlining where we hope those contributing will come from as we share, inspire and encourage each other.

JustSalvos, the Social Justice Department of The Salvation Army, aspires to:

Walk Humbly
We believe that to help bring about real and lasting change we must first understand the issues we face. This is not simply a matter of education, but one of experience. In our journey toward justice it may at times be necessary to acquaint ignorance with truth. Although it is important to possess a knowledge of the social and political context of an issue, history tells us that injustice is most keenly understood when it is embraced. This was exemplified through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, who not only challenged cultural norms, but also chose to serve and suffer with others.
We walk humbly, and never presume that those with power hold the solution.

Act Justly
While we value the enthusiastic response to many of the justice issues raised in our social network forums, their purpose is not simply to debate semantics or discuss criticisms. These exist to help us develop the means of overcoming these problems within our local communities. Again we see the ultimate expression of such an enterprise through the character of Christ. Jesus chose to bring about restorative justice with integrity and authenticity. We recognise, as Mark Twain once observed, that ‘action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often’ – we want to encourage The Salvation Army’s social justice community to express their desire for change through selfless activity rather than through idle words.
Whatever your opinion is on an issue, may you express yourself by acting justly, inspiring others and generating change.

Love Mercy
We have a message of hope: we want to free people from oppression and reconcile them with God and others (including the perpetrators of injustice). The Bible declares on many occasions that all of humankind has a share in two great birthrights. First, we all bear the image of God; second, we all live with the consequences of our fragile humanity: we are in a fallen state that separates us from God. Such a dual understanding of the nature of humanity compels us to view any issue of inequality or injustice primarily through a lens of compassion. While our words and our deeds are both significant in the pursuit of justice, we know from experience that it is the quality of hope that most powerfully challenges oppression. With God's help, we want to live authentic lives that reflect truth, respond with compassion, and inspire hope.
We love mercy, embracing those in need with the hope that justice is possible for us all.

Surrender:11 - Only 15 days to go!

If you can’t wait to hear from Shane Claiborne, here’s a great little video where Shane touches on some of what he’ll share at SURRENDER:11

It’s only 15 days till the SURRENDER:11 conference and we can’t wait (although we’ll need all 15 days to get all the final preparations in place!) If you still haven’t registered, you can do it online here. REGISTER NOW.

10 March, 2011

The rich get richer...even in a global financial crisis!

The list of the world’s richest people has been released and we discover that the 2011 Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth (US$4.5 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany!

The detailed article is in the link below, but some of the highlights:
Richest man: Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, who added US$20.5 billion to his fortune. The telecom mogul is now worth US$74 billion
Bill Gates, No. 2, and Warren Buffett, No. 3, both added a more modest $3 billion to their piles and are now worth US$56 billion and US$50 billion, respectively.
America's wealthiest still dominate the global ranks, but the U.S. is losing its grip. One in three billionaires is an American, down from nearly one out of two a decade ago.

The interesting part of the article for me was this assessment by the author:
“these moguls have the power to shape our world. Telecom billionaire turned prime minister Najib Mikati is keeping Lebanon's government together. Ernesto Bertarelli, is now focusing on saving the oceans from mass extinction. Gates and Buffett have already traveled to three continents working to change giving practices among the ultra-rich.”
Now, I will admit that the endeavours are noble (though really, once you have a catrillion zillion dollars, I guess you can afford to be altruistic…otherwise it’s just greedy!) but the question remains, how did they make this money in the first place?? I am glad they are convincing super rich people to give away some of their squillions, but I am thinking there were some oppressed and vulnerable people abused in their climb to extreme wealth. They do indeed have the power to change the world, but perhaps they would use some of that power to change the way they do business, without using sweatshops or destroying the environment or....
So, I pose the question, does charity negate injustice?


http://au.pfinance.yahoo.com/moneyandyourlife/money-tips/article/-/8986067/worlds-billionaires-2011-a-record-year-in-numbers-money-and-impact/

And, to cap off rather a depressing blog, here is a funny (well, funny if you like the sarcastic mocking of wealthy Americans) clip illustrating an unhelpful part of capitalism. The unhelpful part is the way in which we value (usually by a larger salary with bigger benefits) people that we define as valuable in society. I long for a day where we can see the value in paying teachers well. What a world that could be…

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/crisis-in-the-dairyland---for-richer-and-poorer---teachers-and-wall-street

Peace,
Gen

08 March, 2011

Tell Kmart to support slave-free cotton!

You can help end the use of slave labour in the production of cotton from Uzbekistan by contacting Kmart now! – https://www.kmart.com.au/ContactUs/FeedbackForm.aspx
span class="fullpost">Uzbekistan is the world’s third largest exporter of cotton. It uses forced labour of schoolchildren to harvest cotton by hand. Children as young as nine-years-old are sent out to pick cotton. This practice is organised and controlled by the central government.

There are no days off. Injuries and illness are commonplace, with children often having to drink water from canals and ditches in the cotton fields. Children have sustained injuries while being transported to the fields in unsafe tractor-pulled carts intended to transport the raw cotton.

To view a video on this issue go to: http://wn.com/Forced_Child_Labor_on_the_Cotton_Fields_in_Uzbekistan

Much of this cotton is exported to China where it is turned into cotton goods and exported to countries like Australia.

Over 20 major brands including Gap Inc, Levi Strauss, NIKE and Walt Disney Co have agreed to do all they can to ensure their products do not contain cotton harvested in Uzbekistan until such time as the use of forced child labour ends.

Kmart is committed to the Coles Ethical Sourcing Policy, which has zero tolerance of child labour and forced labour. The use of forced child labour in Uzbekistan to harvest cotton is in violation of these standards. STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia wrote to Kmart in July last year asking that Kmart to join those brands that have agreed to take action to ensure the products they sell do not contain cotton from Uzbekistan. Kmart ignored the letter.

Contact Kmart and ask them to join those brands already acting to end forced child labour in Uzbekistan by going to https://www.kmart.com.au/ContactUs/FeedbackForm.aspx

For more background on this issue go to: www.laborrights.org/stop-child-labor/cotton-campaign/uzbekistan

Thank you for taking action.
STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia