Greens introduce bill for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence
Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP, today introduced a bill to legislate for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave for every employee in Australia.
“Today I was proud to introduce this bill which will provide every employee with an entitlement to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave per calendar year,” said Mr Bandt.
“1 in 6 women experience family and domestic violence and the cost of escaping and leaving a violent relationship is estimated at, on average, $18,000 and 141 hours.
“While the parliament cannot flick a switch and prevent another woman from dying an unnecessary death at the hands of their partner, we can do something.
“If we pass this bill, it could be the difference between people experiencing violence, particularly women, being able to escape or forced to stay, between freedom and oppression, between a life fully lived or cut short. It deserves support from all sides of Parliament.”
Greens spokesperson for Women, Senator Janet Rice, said:
“Leaving a violent relationship or situation is a complex, difficult process. Having 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave will make it so much easier for women to have the time and support they need to leave unsafe situations.”
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