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Workers to get five days' violence leave

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Workers will be able to access five days of unpaid domestic violence leave a year under draft laws which have passed federal parliament.

Minister for Women and Industrial Relations Kelly O'Dwyer said the Fair Work Commission has decided five days' unpaid leave was a fair and relevant safety net.

"Under this legislation, people who need to take leave to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence will be able to do so safe in the knowledge that their job is protected," Ms O'Dwyer said.

Unions and Labor have been lobbying for 10 days paid family violence leave, arguing the legislation doesn't go far enough.

The proposed leave will apply to full-time, part-time and casual workers.

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