Federal

Dec 5, 2017

How domestic violence leave became Labor party policy

Bill Shorten has pledged to introduce ten days of domestic violence leave available to workers should Labor come into power, doubling the party's previous offer.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis

Journalist

Opposition leader Bill Shorten today pledged that Labor, if elected at the next election, will introduce 10 days of paid leave for victims of domestic violence into the national employment standards, telling a White Ribbon breakfast event: “We recognise that if you’re trying to extricate yourself from a violent relationship, that is your whole world. Please, I ask, let’s not have a long debate about the economic costs, how this proposal will lead it to a lot of phantom claims ... I’ve never met a victim of domestic violence who goes through the process of domestic violence and family violence just to get the leave.”

The move, long pushed for by unions and domestic violence groups, doubles Labor's 2016 election promise of five days. Details beyond the number of days that can be accessed are so far sketchy, and at time of writing, the ALP's policy page on domestic violence leave has not been updated.  

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