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

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Can you spot the baby? Photo of party leader in parliament with her son goes viral

  • Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White spoke to son Hudson in a baby carrier
  • The politician was praised for combining her political career with the role of mother
  • But the commenter online said the image left her “torn” about the pressure on mothers
  • Ms White said she was ‘super lucky to have a contented and happy little bubba’
  • Elected opposition leader in July just weeks after second child was born










A viral photo of a party leader giving a speech to parliament as she breastfeeds her baby has divided opinion: some Australians are ‘torn’ by the sight and others describe it as a ‘wonderful thing to see’.

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

“I am absolutely lucky to be able to take my baby to work and also super happy that he is a content and happy little bubba,” Ms White wrote on Twitter.

The mother of two has been praised by many online for combining her career with her parenting responsibilities.

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

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

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

One Twitter commentator said she was “impressed with how Rebecca pulled it off,” while another called the photo “beautiful to watch.”

“That picture – she’s my hero!” said the commentator.

‘This is such a beautiful picture. I couldn’t see the little cutie at first. Cute,” one wrote.

However, others said the image showed the pressures mothers face in the modern working world.

“I’m torn,” said one. ‘The shawl is brilliant – used forever in most non-western countries.

“The pressure on women to multitask is still not a burden that is shared equally between men and women. All power to Bec.’

Another said they wanted a day when all workplaces allowed women to bring their babies to work.

Rebecca White is pictured with her newborn Hudson and husband Rodney.  “I am absolutely lucky to be able to take my baby to work and I am also very lucky to have a contented and happy little bubba,” Ms White wrote on Twitter.

Rebecca White is pictured with her newborn Hudson and husband Rodney. “I am absolutely lucky to be able to take my baby to work and I am also very lucky to have a contented and happy little bubba,” Ms White wrote on Twitter.

Mrs. White with her son Hudson in July.  A Twitter commentator said she was 'impressed with how Rebecca pulls it off'

Mrs. White with her son Hudson in July. A Twitter commentator said she was ‘impressed with how Rebecca pulls it off’

“Remember when Sarah Hanson-Young’s very small child was kicked out of the Senate as a stranger,” one said.

The Greens senator was asked in 2009 to remove her daughter from the Senate Chamber because she was considered a “stranger”.

Ms Hanson-Young later said she was “humiliated” by the incident.

“I don’t think I’ve 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 that they have to walk through doors if they are open or kick them down if they have to,” she said upon her resignation.

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

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