Sunday's comments from Finance Minister Matthias Cormann rejecting domestic violence leave, were callous and clueless.
Senator Cormann first complained about the cost and so-called counter-productive consequences of domestic violence leave, then was unable to explain his concerns.
This press release was issued on 11 December 2016.
THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
CORMANN CALLOUS AND CLUELESS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE
Senator Cormann said, "We just believe it's another cost on our economy that will have an impact on our international competitiveness."
He's obviously confused: it’s domestic violence, not domestic violence leave, that costs our economy and harms our international competitiveness.
Domestic violence costs Australia an estimated $13 billion annually, according to KPMG’s 2009 research. Policies aimed at reducing domestic violence and supporting victims and survivors will help alleviate the impost on our economy. More importantly, they’ll save lives.
Labor welcomes the many employers, their workforces and unions who have agreed on arrangements to support victims of domestic and family violence.
More than a year ago, Labor committed to making domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right, by providing for a minimum of five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).
But victims and survivors shouldn’t have to wait until then. The Turnbull Government should act in a bipartisan manner to help end the scourge of domestic violence, and should catch up with community sentiment by agreeing to make domestic violence leave a workplace right as soon as possible.
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SUNDAY, 11 DECEMBER 2016