Hey mate, it’s been a while! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your support at the last election. We had people walk hundreds of kilometres letterboxing, spend hours at pre-polling and sign waving at roundabouts, and a lot of you chipped in to help the cause. And it all paid off.
I can’t tell you how great it feels to have Tammy up in the Senate with me. She’s already having wins, and she’s going to be one hell of a Senator. I promise we’ll cause a bit of mischief as well.
I need your help getting the word out. The Parliament will vote soon on whether to extend domestic violence leave to thousands more workers. But to get it, you have to tell your boss what you’re going through. And your boss can demand evidence. Not everyone who wants to take this leave can tell their boss or wants to tell their boss what’s going on. I’ve had survivors email me to say that this just doesn’t work.
You shouldn’t have to choose between privacy and safety. We can fix this bill. It’ll mean more people accessing leave when they need it. Because not everybody’s in a position to tell their employer what they’re going through.
Update on Royal Commission into Veterans Suicide
I’ve been following the Royal Commission closely. And I was amazed when the Commissioners put out their interim report. They said that they don’t have access to all of the documents they need from the Government. They can’t access the previous inquiries that have been done on defence and veterans suicide. It’s crazy that the highest inquiry in the land can be blocked by the Government.
I’m trying to fix this and get it done quickly. I’ve put forward a bill that would let the Royal Commission have access to what they need. It would also mean that future Royal Commissions wouldn’t run into this problem. I hope the rest of the Parliament sees sense and passes my bill.