NSW Premier Mike Baird
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Baird unclear on how 'Airbnb' approach to violence would work

QUESTIONS remain unanswered about the Baird government creating an "Airbnb-style" approach to domestic violence emergency accommodation to conceal cuts to women's refuges.

Labor claimed it had obtained a secret email revealing the plan to emulate the accommodation-sharing mobile phone app.

"How would women and children fleeing domestic violence who have had their phone smashed by a violent partner or who do not have an internet connection access crisis accommodation under the proposal being developed by the minister's department," Labor MP Trish Doyle asked during Question Time.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said she was unaware of the plan or how it would work.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley accused the government of developing the app as a smokescreen over the closure of women's refuges.

"Women and children fleeing domestic violence are highly traumatised, they need specialist care and serious funding support - not this piecemeal approach from the Baird government," he said.

"While we welcome fresh thinking, this is not a replacement for the hundreds of specialist beds that were lost because of this Government's failed Going Home, Staying Home program." 

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