PUBLIC servants who abuse their partners in Queensland will continue to receive 10 days’ taxpayer funded domestic violence leave a year after a motion to scrap the “absurd and offensive” policy was defeated overnight.
An LNP motion to deny the Queensland Government’s Domestic Violence leave entitlement to perpetrators, and restrict it only to victims, was last night defeated by 48 votes to 40.
The policy was initially put in place so that domestic violence offenders can take the time they need to get help.
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Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Di Farmer said the policy was critical in helping end the cycle.
“Holding perpetrators accountable for their violence and providing them with the opportunities to change their behaviour is critical to ending domestic and family violence and keeping victims safe,” Ms Farmer said.
“The COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children in 2016 recognised—and this was agreed to by all states and the Commonwealth—that workplace responses to support perpetrators seeking to change behaviour should be extended.
“Recognised leaders in the field of domestic and family response—DV Connect and Australia’s CEO Challenge— advocate that without addressing the behaviour of those who use or may use violence the cycle of domestic violence will not be broken.”
In a statement this morning, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said it was appalling that Labor MPs had supported extending an entitlement intended for victims of domestic violence to those responsible for committing it.
“The ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report did not recommend that perpetrators receive leave,” Ms Frecklington said.
“This leave was introduced to allow victims to go to court, attend counselling or move home because of domestic violence.
“It is absurd and offensive to reward perpetrators of domestic and family violence with 10 days of taxpayer-funded leave. No one in their right mind would think it is a good idea.
“Yet sadly, Labor MPs and the sole Greens member voted against scrapping this leave for perpetrators.
“This is just another arrogant and out-of-touch move from the Palaszczuk Labor Government.”