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Big parties’ failure to support domestic violence leave is abhorrent

Media Release
Larissa Waters 27 May 2015

The Australian Greens have long called for domestic violence leave and are disappointed at the big parties' failure to back the ACTU's proposal.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"It's deeply disappointing that both big parties appear to be rejecting the ACTU's proposal for domestic violence leave, championed by our brave, determined Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

"While Bill Shorten has made some noncommittal remarks, Labor is failing to back the desperately needed proposal.

"The Greens will do all we can in the Parliament to get the big parties' support on what is a matter of survival for too many women and their children.

"It's heartbreaking to think of the desperate struggle women face in trying to keep their jobs while escaping domestic violence so that they can afford to start a new, safe life.

"We should be doing all we can to help women get themselves and their children out of violence - fundamental to this is domestic violence leave and funding for domestic violence services.

"The Abbott Government is failing miserably on both counts, and it's deeply disappointing that Labor is not backing the ACTU's call for domestic violence leave.

"Everyone has an urgent and important role to play in ending this national crisis, especially government and employers," Senator Waters said.


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