Why Aus­tralia needs a Mag­nit­sky Law

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - e y e dd

The global Mag­nit­sky move­ment is giv­ing hu­man rights the teeth to bite, rather than gnash, by pre­vent­ing hu­man rights abusers and cor­rupt of­fi­cials from en­joy­ing the fruits of their ill-got­ten gains. Yet de­spite the US, UK and Canada now hav­ing com­pre­hen­sive Mag­nit­sky Acts, Aus­tralia has re­sisted the push to up­date its in­ef­fec­tive and cum­ber­some leg­is­la­tion. And by fall­ing be­hind the curve it po­ten­tially cre­ates an in­cen­tive for bad ac­tors to keep their money in Aus­tralia to avoid sanc­tions.

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