Project Respect Annual General Meeting 2018 and Panel Discussion on the Australian Modern Slavery Act

You are invited to Project Respect's Annual General Meeting to hear updates about our work, followed by a panel discussion on the proposed Modern Slavery Act for Australia. The event will be the first public event of its kind in Australia, bringing together government, industry and civil society to discuss this ground-breaking legislation.

Our four panellists are:


Chris Crewther MP

Chris Crewther is the Federal Member for Dunkley in the Australian Parliament, and the youngest member of the House of Representatives. He is Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and initiated and led the Parliamentary Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The Inquiry examined Australia’s efforts in combatting modern slavery, received over 220 submissions and held more than ten public hearings around the country. He tabled the Committee’s final report, Hidden in Plain Sight: Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, to Parliament in December 2017.

Chris' broad experience includes being an International Lawyer through the United Nations at the Kosovo Property Agency in Pristina, Kosovo - resolving property claims for people who lost possession of their property due to war, being CEO of a regional economic development organisation, and running his own small business.

He has a law degree and two masters’ degrees in international law and diplomacy.


Fiona McLeod SC

Fiona McLeod SC is a Senior Counsel and a leader of the national legal profession having led the Law Council of Australia, Australian Bar Association, Victorian Bar and Australian Women Lawyers. 

She is actively engaged in supporting government and institutional transparency and integrity. She is the Chair of the Open Government Forum and Chair of the Accountability Round Table.

In 2017 she devised and led the Justice Project, a landmark research project undertaken by the Law Council into access to justice impacts on vulnerable groups in Australia launched in 2018 including trafficked and exploited people. She has been a longstanding champion for diversity and inclusion and has received numerous awards, including for her contribution to the advancement of women and human rights issues, in particular, human trafficking. She was awarded an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award in 2011, was appointed to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014 and was awarded the AWL Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2018.

Fiona is a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, chaired by the Department of Home Affairs, and recently chaired the subsidiary Labour Exploitation Working Group which convened from 2016-2018.


Professor Jennifer Burn

Jennifer is the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia which is the only specialist legal research and policy centre in Australia focussed on eradicating slavery and trafficking. ASA provide a pro bono legal practice for trafficked and enslaved people.

Jennifer is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney and teaches a specialised Law elective subject, The Law of Human Trafficking and Slavery. Prior to her appointment at UTS, Jennifer worked as an immigration and administrative law specialist, lawyer and migration agent.

Jennifer is a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, chaired by the Department of Home Affairs, and the Deputy-Chair of the subsidiary Labour Exploitation Working Group which convened from 2016-2018.


Dr. David Cooke

David is the Chairman and Managing Director of Konica Minolta Australia, who are at the forefront of establishing an ethical sourcing program across their supplier network to eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains. This work was recognised with an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award in 2017. 

David was a Committee member of the Federal Government’s Multi Stakeholder Advisory Committee on Business & Human Rights, a Committee member for the Global Summit of Women in Sydney 2018, and a panellist for DFAT & Attorney-General's conference on human trafficking & human rights in business in Canberra 2016.

David has sought to establish a work environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusiveness, resulting in Konica Minolta being the first in industry to receive the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Employee of Choice for Gender Equality citation in 2016.

David is actively engaged in working with the community through a range of not-for-profit partnerships. He is a Non-Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia, Cambodia’s Together1Heart, an anti-human trafficking NGO and Sustainalytics Australia.


Light Refreshments will be provided on the night.

Entry to the front of the building is via stairs. Accessible entry is via the back of the town hall. Please contact us directly if you require accessible entry so we can provide additional information. 


November 14, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
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