Keppel MP Brittany Lauga Breastfeeds Her Baby In Parliament
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey has officially opened Queensland's 56th parliament saying it will preside over an "era of profound change".
In addition to the change to parliament itself, which expanded from 89 to 93 seats at the last election, Governor de Jersey acknowledged the increasing number of women in the house
"Unlike the first parliament opened by Sir George Bowen, this parliament has strong, but not equal, representation of women," he said referring to the 30 female MPs.
"And among those is the first member of Torres Torres Strait descent, the member for Cook Ms Cynthia Lui, from Yam Island, some 2232 kilometres from here."
Parliament is due to change even more in the coming days with changes to be debated over allowing female MPs to breastfeed in the House.
It was sparked by Labor MP Brittany Lauga bringing her infant daughter Odette into the chamber on Tuesday, which was technically a breach of the rule barring "strangers" from being on the floor of parliament.
“Under Australian law, babies can be fed anywhere and at any time and yesterday my baby needed to be fed several times during the duration of the swearing in of members. So I did what I needed to do and that was feed her," she told News.com.au.
“Babies not only need to be fed, they also need to be cared for, and my baby has a problem at the moment with being held by other people.
“So I’m going to have to make do with working around when I’m in the chamber and feeding,” she said.