Aussie Clothes Aren’t Free From Child Labor

Our narrow focus on locally made products often means turning a blind eye to the very real problems in Australian manufacturing.

Source: ‘australian made’ doesn’t mean your clothes are sweatshop and child labor free | read | i-D

In 2010 the Herald Sun reported on a series of illegal production setups in Melbourne who were employing outworkers to create clothes for Australian brands and paying them well below minimum wage. At the time Elizabeth Macpherson from the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia told the paper, “it’s rife and in our backyard…I’ve seen conditions here that are worse than anywhere abroad.”

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