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


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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6 thoughts on “How domestic violence leave became Labor party policy

  1. Desmond Graham

    Is that on top of sick leave, carers leave, compassionate and bereavement leave, maternity leave, parental leave, community service leave , holiday leave, public holiday leave, annual holiday leave, long service leave?

    1. Di Keller

      You say that as though they will all be claimed at once 🙂

      1. Desmond Graham

        would be best if all claimed at once – if strung out doesn’t leave much in a working year – no wonder Australia is uncompetitive – producers are leaving the country in droves – .

    2. AR

      Will nobody think of all that capital & assets lying idle…?

  2. Di Keller

    This is why we should support unions more.

  3. shea mcduff

    Millions of Australian workers have limited access, if any, to paid leave such as holiday leave, sickness. Most, but not all, are casual and on or near minimum wage.
    Australia’s annual leave entitlements, which are not accessed by millions, are about average by European standards with several countries giving substantially more leave.
    Labour productivity in Australia has been rising significantly and constantly for several years while wage rises have stagnated to virtually zero yet simultaneously profits and dividends have skyrocketed.
    Australia is more than competitive by world standards, its not the workers who are the problem.

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