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I would like to end with a few words about chocolate. Who would not want to finish with a few words about chocolate! I was with Fuzz Kitto and Carolyn Kitto earlier today from Be Slavery Free. They joined me outside the Assembly because they have launched Be Slavery Free’s Chocolate Scorecard, which they have launched ahead
of Easter.

It is a scorecard that rates different chocolate brands, and different manufacturers and retailers. It rates them against a whole lot of people and planet criteria, including exposure to slavery conditions. I want to quote Carolyn directly here. She really puts it best:

There are two things that are not political. The first is chocolate and today we have launched the 4th edition of our Chocolate Scorecard assessing companies who together produce and sell 95 per cent of the world’s chocolate. We eat chocolate for pleasure and indulgence, but there are other ingredients like child labour, extreme poverty and environmental destruction. We ask consumers
to preference chocolate without these ingredients with the help of the
Chocolate Scorecard.

The second is ending modern slavery—the world’s fastest growing illegal crime now impacting 50 million people including in Australia and in the goods we buy. We congratulate … the tabling of the ACT Modern Slavery Bill today and we look forward to ongoing engagement with all political parties, business, civil society and academics to end modern slavery in the territory.

Be Slavery Free very kindly brought in some Haigh’s chocolate for every MLA and for all the staff. We have managed to distribute that on our floor to our opposition colleagues and our crossbench colleagues, and we will be making our way upstairs to the ministers later this afternoon.

I would encourage you to share some chocolate, and post about the Be Slavery Free’s Chocolate Scorecard if you are motivated by the issues. On that note, I commend my bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Steel) adjourned to the next sitting.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Reference

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (3.28), by leave: I move:

That, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 174 and the resolution of the Assembly of 2 December 2020, as amended, that established general purpose standing committees, the Modern Slavery Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 be referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to decide whether or not to undertake an inquiry.

I would simply like to refer this bill to the committee. We are really looking forward to a very engaged discussion with community and business. We have decided that this committee is probably the best placed to have a look at this bill. I would encourage the committee to take a good look at this bill, if they are able to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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