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Photo of Tasmania Labor leader Rebecca White in parliament nursing her baby leaves Aussies torn

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Viral photo of party leader with her baby in parliament leaves some Aussies ‘sad’ and ‘torn’ – while others applaud it as a ‘beautiful thing to see’

  • Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White spoke with son Hudson in a baby carrier
  • The politician was praised for juggling her political career with role as a mother
  • But commenter online said the image left her ‘torn’ about pressures on mothers 
  • Ms White said she was ‘super lucky that he’s a content and happy little bubba’  
  • Elected as Opposition leader in July just weeks after giving birth to second child 










A viral photo of a party leader giving a speech to parliament while nursing her baby has divided opinion – with some Australians ‘torn’ by the sight and others describing it as a ‘beautiful thing to see’.

Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White was pictured with her two-month-old son Hudson in a baby carrier as she addressed state parliament on Tuesday.

‘I’m definitely lucky I can take my baby to work and also super lucky that he’s a content and happy little bubba,’ Ms White wrote on Twitter. 

The mother-of-two was praised online by many for juggling her career with her parenting responsibilities.   

A photo of Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White giving a speech to parliament while nursing her baby has gone viral online - with many praising her for handling her career and motherhood

A photo of Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White giving a speech to parliament while nursing her baby has gone viral online – with many praising her for handling her career and motherhood

While some Australians said the photo was 'beautiful', others were 'torn' by the sight of a female politician nursing a baby in parliament

While some Australians said the photo was ‘beautiful’, others were ‘torn’ by the sight of a female politician nursing a baby in parliament

One Twitter commenter said she was in ‘awe at how Rebecca manages it’ while another called the photo a ‘beautiful thing to see’.

‘That photo – she is my hero!’ the commenter said.

‘This is such a beautiful photo. Couldn’t see the little cutie at first. Adorable,’ one wrote. 

Others though said the image showed the pressures mothers face in the modern working world.

‘I’m torn,’ one said. ‘The wrap is brilliant – used in most non-western nations forever.

‘The pressure on women to multitask is still not a burden evenly shared among genders. All power to Bec though.’ 

Another said they wished for a day when all workplaces allowed women to bring their baby into work with them.  

Rebecca White is pictured with her newborn Hudson and husband Rodney. 'I’m definitely lucky I can take my baby to work and also super lucky that he’s a content and happy little bubba,' Ms White wrote on Twitter

Rebecca White is pictured with her newborn Hudson and husband Rodney. ‘I’m definitely lucky I can take my baby to work and also super lucky that he’s a content and happy little bubba,’ Ms White wrote on Twitter

Ms White with her son Hudson in July. One Twitter commenter said she was in 'awe at how Rebecca manages it'

Ms White with her son Hudson in July. One Twitter commenter said she was in ‘awe at how Rebecca manages it’

‘Remember when Sarah Hanson-Young’s very small child was evicted from the Senate as a stranger,’ one said.

The Greens senator was in 2009 asked to take her infant daughter out of the Senate chamber as she was considered a ‘stranger’.

Ms Hanson-Young later said the incident left her ‘humiliated’. 

‘I don’t think I have ever felt so humiliated in my life. The way this was handled was a mistake,’ she said. 

Ms White pictured with her husband and daughter Mia during an election campaign in Launceston, Tasmania in February 2018

Ms White pictured with her husband and daughter Mia during an election campaign in Launceston, Tasmania in February 2018

Ms White stepped down as Labor leader in May before being re-elected in July. 

‘I want young girls and women everywhere to know that they can achieve anything and they should walk through doors when they are open or kick them down if they have to,’ she said at the time of her resignation.

The member for Lyons first stepped into the role in March 2017 almost four months after the birth of her first child Mia.  

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