BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ABSENT FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE DEBATE
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision, which acknowledges that domestic violence leave should be considered a workplace right, exposes the Turnbull Government's failure to provide a workplace response to the issue.
It is unacceptable that when it comes to a response to domestic violence leave, the Turnbull Government has vacated the field. Despite having an Employment Minister who is also the Minister for Women, they have failed to act in this policy area.
The FWC decision does not go as far as Labor would have liked, but it is a step in the right direction that the Commission has recognised domestic and family violence leave as a workplace right.
Back in 2015, Labor announced we would legislate for five days of paid family violence leave in the National Employment Standards.
Labor recognises that both government and workplaces have a role in, and responsibility for, responding to domestic and family violence.
Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberal Government to support Labor’s commitment to domestic and family violence leave, which will be a pivotal part of people being able to remain in work as they strive for safety and justice.
If the Turnbull Government won't act, a Shorten Labor Government will.
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 legislate for paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.
Labor also acknowledges the contribution Australia’s unions have made in advocating for paid domestic and family violence leave.
Many flagship companies have also been proactive in already providing domestic and family violence leave, including Telstra, NAB, Virgin Australia, and IKEA.
TUESDAY, 4 JULY 2017