Anti-slavery Commissioner's speeches and presentations

NSW Parliament House Theatrette, 10 November 2022

Modern slavery is a system failure and fighting it requires system-wide effort. In this landmark address, Commissioner Cockayne outlines why antislavery makes good public policy.

ABC Radio National, 9 November 2022

Listen to the Anti-slavery Commissioner speak with Andrew West of ABC Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report about why supporting anti-slavery efforts benefits us all. 

Sydney, 31 October 2022

With many NSW government entities expected to report at the end of this financial year on the steps they are taking to remove products of modern slavery from their procurement, this timely briefing session provides an opportunity for clarification of expectations, as well as the opportunity to ask questions. 

It complements the recent NSW Public Procurement and Modern Slavery Discussion Paper. This paper outlines the issues that need to be addressed in order to develop a clear, shared framework for driving up the effectiveness of modern slavery due diligence in NSW public procurement in the years ahead. Responses to the Discussion Paper are invited via email to antislavery@justice.nsw.gov.au until 16 December 2022.


The Rocks, Sydney, 25 October 2002

Read the Commissioner's remarks on the power we have, here in New South Wales, to help prevent and remedy modern slavery – even when it occurs far away from our shores. The question at the heart of this address is: what price freedom?

Sydney, 24 October 2022

On 24 October 2022, the NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner, Dr James Cockayne, hosted a kick-off webinar to mark the start of a consultation process that will inform a strategic plan to combat modern slavery. Listen to speakers discuss the modern slavery risks that exist in New South Wales today.

Coffs Harbour, 14 October 2022

Agriculture and horticulture have been central to the process of modern Australian settlement. Central to its costs, and also central to the extraordinary opportunity it has offered many immigrants from around the world. But what if you come here to Australia to work the land and you don’t get a fair go?


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22 Nov 2022

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