Moving a motion didn't stop this Australian Senator from breastfeeding in parliament

Share
Moving a motion didn't stop this Australian Senator from breastfeeding in parliament

Greens senator Larissa Waters has made history once again, breastfeeding her baby while moving a motion in the Australian parliament.

Waters, the co-leader of the country's left-wing Greens party, breast-fed her 14-month-old baby when she moved a motion about black lung disease.

Watyers herself tweeted after the session, writing: "First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding!"

"Breast-feeding is a normal and natural thing that women have been doing since time immemorial, and in that sense, it's quite unusual to me that it caused such a sensation", she said.

"Women have always worked and reared children, whether that work was paid in the workplace or unpaid in the home", she explained.

"Well I think it's slightly ridiculous that feeding one's baby is global news - women have been breastfeeding for as long as time immemorial", Waters said.

Though breastfeeding is a normal and natural process, many women have been shamed for doing it in public spaces.

The Australian parliament changed its rules in 2016 to allow female politicians to breastfeed their children in the chamber, as a part of making it a "family friendly" parliament.

This is the same Parliament, where back in 2009, Sarah Hanson-Young's two-year-old daughter Kora was taken from her arms and taken away from the Senate chamber. "I hope it helps to normalise breastfeeding and remove any vestige of stigma against breastfeeding a baby when they are hungry", she said. Many women leave the workforce because there are no adequate means or support for them to take care of their children as well as work but if we have such broad minded and supportive laws then women will not be forced to leave the workforce.

Waters' motion wasn't without critics, though-aka Twitter trolls who feel Alia should be kept out of the Parliament altogether.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

GST to launch exactly at midnight, June 30
Industry and trade will have to prepare themselves. "Nobody had any business to be not ready", he said. It is also expected to check tax evasion and in the long run due to a rise in number of the assesses.

SRK instantly said 'yes' to 'Tubelight': Salman Khan
Before that, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was 2 hours 43 minutes and prior to that Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was nearly 3 hours long. The famous songs of the film Tubelight provide a glimpse of the scenic beauty of North India.

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan's new movie poster is here!
This is for the third time when Anushka and Shah Rukh Khan are coming together for a film. The curiosity level may hype after seeing the first poster of Jab Harry Met Sejal .

Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law
Maggie Hassan says Senate Republicans took a bill that President Donald Trump has called "mean" and made "it even more heartless". Meanwhile, protesters railed against the Senate healthcare bill during a sit-in outside of Mr McConnell's office on Capitol Hill.

Dana White Calls McGregor-Mayweather 'Biggest Fight in Combat Sports'
Notably, the boxing legend last defeated Andre Berto in September 2015 to end his 16-year-old career with an unbeaten record. The fact that this kid, who has so much to lose, is willing to step in, and is absolutely confident he'll win this fight.

Officers in Seattle fatal shooting had crisis training
She was released from jail on June 14 on the condition that she check-in twice a week with a case manager and possess no weapons. That doesn't mean the officers shouldn't have entered Lyles' apartment to investigate the burglary, he said.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR), Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE
It has outperformed by 22.86% the S&P500.The move comes after 7 months negative chart setup for the $49.93B company. Industrials and staples are no slouches for growth either, but they may be well fully-valued for their growth.

Justice Karnan will go to jail as Supreme Court denies interim bail
Appearing for the retired judge, advocate Mathews J Nedumpara said equity demands that he be granted bail till the court reopened. The top court has barred the media from publishing and broadcasting Justice Karnan's statements.

Adorable Video Of 4-Year-Old Singing 'Moana' Song Becomes Viral Sensation
A young Florida girl stole the show during her preschool graduation and instantly became a viral sensation. Their final performance from Disney's Moana , " How Far I'll Go ", was supposed to be "sweet and mellow".

UK moves to ease tensions after van attack on London Muslims
Penshaw Monument will be lit up in red, white and blue tonight after last night's terror attack near Finsbury Park Mosque . Eight people were killed and many wounded on the bridge and in the nearby Borough Market area.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.