Not only is addressing child labour the morally correct thing to do, it’s in Australia’s best interest.
Ending child labour is critical to the sustainable growth, development and technological advancement of countries that we rely on to produce materials, goods, and services that we buy.
In addition, we can create bigger markets for our own goods and services by increasing economic prosperity in other countries.
Child labour has been shown to increase adult unemployment and depress national wages. Using child labour means that workers are not being invested in or paid fairly, creating a society of adults whose skills and capacities have not been developed as much as they should have been.
Consumers in Australia can help through their purchasing decisions. Shopping ethically is a small, but powerful step towards ending child labour.
Many products that Australians love such as coffee, chocolate, and others might have been created through child labour. In many cases, children plant the cotton used to make the clothes we buy, mine the minerals for our phones and computers, or even harvest the beans in our coffee.
We all must work together to discourage child labour and ensure that families earn decent wages so they can support their children’s education. Australians can play their part in ending child labour every day by ensuring that they shop ethically.