According to a report by Richard Willingham at the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon will soon introduce laws to criminalise “slave practices” such as forced marriage and forced labour. I have one question: why weren’t these things illegal already? Roxon proudly proclaims “Forced marriage and forced labour have no place in a modern and democratic nation like Australia”. Duh. No shit Sherlock. What the hell has our Government been doing for the past hundred plus years?