After returning from paternity leave, New Zealand’s MP, Tāmati Coffey, brought his baby into Parliament.
In additional to his presiding role Speaker Trevor Mallard volunteered for babysitting duties, rocking and bottle-feeding the MP’s baby.
He tweeted few pictures nursing the infant along with the following caption: “Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me.”
Mr Mallard used this opportunity to congratulated Mr Coffey and his husband on the newest addition to their family. The baby was born a month ago via surrogate mother.
Australia changed the rules since last year and now breastfeeding members and their babies are allowed in the chamber.
Unfortunately, not all parliaments followed their lead and many are still not so family-friendly.
Kenyan MP was kicked out of Parliament a week before for bringing her five-month-old baby and told “you must get out of the house immediately”, as “strangers” are not allowed in the chamber.