On International Women’s Day comes this disturbing news from Canberra:
Domestic violence leave has been stripped out of workplace agreements across the Commonwealth public service on the orders of the federal workplace authority, which answers directly to Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.
Up to 30 public service employers – including Malcolm Turnbull’s own department, the giant Human Services Department and the Australian Taxation Office – are insisting on removing the right of their workers to take time off if they are victims of family violence.
It was only last year that Malcolm Turnbull vowed that he “will make Australia’s disturbingly high rates of violence against women his first order of business“.
Mr Turnbull has become well known as a Prime Minister who says one thing and does another, yet this display of hypocrisy on one of the most socially crippling issues in our country is appalling. The victims of domestic violence cannot be ignored, and one would think that those suffering from domestic violence, and their families, would need every level of support that is available.
But if you’re a public servant you will be asked to suffer in silence.