Shorten considers Royal Commission on domestic violence

FEDERAL Labor leader Bill Shorten said on Monday he would consider convening a Royal Commission on domestic violence if he won power at the next election.

Mr Shorten said he saw "merit" in such a proposal, despite similar inquiries already underway in Victoria, Queensland and in the federal Senate.

Despite the ongoing inquiries, Mr Shorten said he "would be prepared to consider it" and it was an "appropriate matter for the national parliament to address, not just leave it to others".

The Senate is near completing an inquiry on domestic violence, with a report expected to parliament on the investigation in early March.

However that report has specifically focussed on systemic and largely bureaucratic issues, and has expressly ruled out examining individual violence or abuse complaints.