Dodging domestic violence leave shows this government’s opinion of women

Domestic violence is one of those things for which governments of all levels and sides like to express their righteous condemnation, provided that it’s done in cost-effective ways like wearing ribbons and making empty statements to the media.

For conservative governments in particular, their zeal for reform tends to be sharply curtailed the moment that someone suggests they should, y’know, do stuff that might actually address the problem.

That’s because it often involves annoying, spendy sorts of things like “funding women’s shelters” – which have been cut heavily all over the country, particularly in regional areas, and rolled into general homeless services which are already over-full and not necessarily places women would feel safe going to, especially with children.


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