Domestic violence leave must be restored

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The ACT Greens have condemned a decision to strip domestic violence leave out of workplace agreements for Commonwealth public servants.

"This decision is a huge step backwards for the public service and women working in the public sector," said ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

"Yesterday's comments from Minister Michaelia Cash's office were disrespectful and out of touch. Those who fear for their safety shouldn't have to worry about losing their jobs if they need to go to court or access support.

"We shouldn't expect women in crisis to use their annual leave - and many of them won't have supporting documentation for other kinds of leave.

"The timing of yesterday's reports was ironic. Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash talked the talk on International Women's Day, but behind the scenes they were stripping support to their own public servants," Ms Hobbs said.

Ms Hobbs called for domestic violence leave to be restored.

"Everybody has a role in supporting people affected by domestic violence. Instead of cutting off help, the government and the public service should be setting an example for employers on how to show support."

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