Keeping Abreast Of Politics
It has been said the sights and sounds a baby is exposed to during his or her first few months have a major influence later on in life. If that is the case then baby Alia Joy could well follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a politician when she grows up. For the two month old baby’s mother is Senator Larissa Waters who has become the first lawmaker to breastfeed in Australia’s parliament since politicians were given permission to do just that in the chamber in 2003. While just another feed for Alia Joy, Ms Waters believes being allowed to breastfeed at the workplace is key to attracting more women to Parliament “We need more women and parents in Parliament,” Ms Waters said on Facebook. “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone” added the member of the Greens party. Labor Senator Katy Gallagher agreed “Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world,” she told Sky News Australia. “Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.” And it seems the UK’s House of Commons could soon join the ranks of legislatures around the world where women are allowed to feed their babies after a report on diversity in UK politics recommended it should be considered. Well the Commons is the Mother of all Parliaments after all.