People experiencing family and domestic violence will be forced to strip up to $10,000 from their retirement savings in order to find their own crisis response under a new federal government scheme.

The Morrison Government has resisted years of campaigning for a federally funded 10 days paid leave entitlement for people experiencing family and domestic violence.

Women currently retire with less than half the superannuation of men, and the Morrison Government’s early access scheme which forced low-income workers to fund their own crisis response to the pandemic saw 1.5 million women rip money from their retirement safety net, with 350,000 emptying their accounts.

Quotes attributable to ACTU President Michele O’Neil,

“People trying to escape family and domestic violence need genuine support from their government, not to be told to ransack their retirement savings.

“This is a cruel and discriminatory policy which will further entrench the truly appalling gender gap on super and effectively punish those who have survived family and domestic violence when they retire.

“The Morrison Government should stop outsourcing its responsibility and do its job. It should stop ignoring calls for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave.”