The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) is an independent non-partisan, non-profit organisation devoted to the promotion and discussion of international affairs and global issues. The Institute hosts an active program of speakers throughout the year focused both on ongoing global issues, as well as current events and issues affecting the world today.
Established in New South Wales in 1924, and in Victoria in 1925 as branches of London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the AIIA was created as an Australian entity in its own right in 1933, and today has branches in all states and the ACT.
The South Australia AIIA is located in the CBD of Adelaide and organizes regular events engaging with the key issues in international affairs, including how they impact Australia nationally and also at the state level.
AIIA South Australia is governed by a Council comprised of members from a wide variety of backgrounds, all with a keen interest in international affairs, and is strongly supported by volunteers and interns, and by the generosity of its members. Membership is open to all Australian residents, corporate bodies, diplomatic representatives, schools and students.
Estimates suggest there are presently more than 50 million people in modern slavery worldwide with over 41,000 in Australia.
Australian consumers and businesses are further exposed to slavery via the products we use and consume every day, such as mobile phones, computers and agricultural produce. Indeed, p.a. more than US$468 billion of goods at risk of being made with forced labour are imported into G20 countries alone. In short, modern slavery is all around us and exists in every country and industry. No one is immune.
If your business, or if you as an individual consumer, disagree with the idea of actually purchasing a human being it is important to ensure that you educate yourself to make sure you are not contributing to modern slavery inadvertently. Furthermore, Australia enacted legislation in 2018 that requires large Australian businesses to provide an annual account of the modern slavery risks they are facing, not just in their direct operations but in their supply chains. To the present time the response to this legislation has been wanting, yet the Government released a review of the Act earlier this year and the time for flippancy will soon be at an end.
In this session, you will learn more about what modern slavery is, how it affects you and what you can do about it as both individuals and professionals across all walks of life. In the words of historical abolitionist William Wilberforce: You can choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.
Part of our regular 'Diplomacy at the Bar' series, where knowledge, networking and a glass of wine coalesce for a more relaxed way to get involved in international affairs. We hope you come along to join the conversation and get to know some fellow international affairs aficionados at Adelaide's The Howling Owl.
Note: This is an in-person event only. Food provided.
Dr Katherine Christ
University of South Australia
August 30, 2023
Diplomacy at the Bar
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Hospitality and Networking
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Guest Speaker Presentation & QnA
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sponsors and Partners
Australian Institute of International Affairs South Australia
The University of Adelaide
The Howling Owl 10 Vaughan Place Adelaide, South Australia, Australia