Larissa Waters Is The First Person To Breastfeed While Giving A Speech In Parliament
What a legend.
Co-Deputy Leader of the Greens and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters has had a busy year.
In between fighting against the Adani-Carmichael coal mine, the government’s blatantly sexist tampon tax, and profiteering off domestic violence, Waters gave birth to her second child, Alisa Joy, and made history as the first Australian politician to breastfeed in Federal Parliament.
Now, she’s made history again as the first person to breastfeed their child while giving a speech to Parliament.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) June 22, 2017
Waters’ motion asked that the Senate acknowledge Queensland Parliament’s recent Black Lung, White Lies report about administrative failings for coal workers with black lung disease.
This comes just a week after One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts attacked the Greens’ opposition to Adani, arguing that black lung disease is, “a threat to anyone who does not manage his or her workplace properly… [but no] longer a problem where coal mines are ventilated properly.”
First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion just before mine, bless her
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) June 22, 2017
Waters’ speech was a great moment, and a far cry from the incident that triggered the end of Parliament’s archaic rule: then-chief government whip Scott Buchholz telling Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer to “express more breastmilk” to make a vote in 2015.
“I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament,” Waters said back in May. “We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.”
Unsurprisingly, everyone who wasn’t a misogynistic dirtbag was pretty stoked about today’s first:
— Rachel Cashmore (@rachelsarahcash) June 22, 2017
— Georgie Browne (@GeorgieBrowne) June 22, 2017
— Lukas Coch (@cochl) June 22, 2017
Just watched @larissawaters simultaneously move a motion in the Senate while breastfeeding. All the multi-tasking.
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) June 22, 2017
Senator Larissa Waters with daughter Alia Joy, moves a motion in the Senate pic.twitter.com/3sXGDuuPTm
— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 22, 2017