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Qld urges national family violence leave

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016

Queensland's premier will renew her push for paid domestic violence leave to become a national employment standard at Friday's COAG leaders meeting.

Annastacia Palaszczuk wants all governments across the country to follow Queensland's lead and provide paid leave for those affected by family and domestic violence.

"Family and domestic violence is a national issue and we need a national approach," she said.

Queensland last week became the first jurisdiction to legislate paid domestic and family violence for public sector workers.

Government employees are entitled to up 10 days of paid leave to attend medical, legal and counselling appointments and arrange alternative accommodation and child care assistance.

Ms Palaszczuk said major companies were also starting to follow her government's lead.

"We need to see the federal government show some leadership as well," she said.

Pushing for road funding, particularly for the M1, will also be a priority for Ms Palaszczuk at the Friday COAG meeting.

However, she has ruled out support for a state-based carbon tax after after her South Australian counterpart, Jay Weatherill, suggested his and other states could go it alone.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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