Palaszczuk wel­comes new bubs

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

POLITI­CIANS love kiss­ing ba­bies but Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has taken the ageold PR strat­egy to a new level.

Yes­ter­day she marked the 10th an­niver­sary of her at­ten­dance at the South West Progress As­so­ci­a­tion’s “Wel­com­ing The Ba­bies” event, once again sur­rounded by dozens of gur­gling bubs and proud par­ents.

The Du­rack State School event pro­vides new ar­rivals a com­mu­nity cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony, com­plete with jump­ing cas­tles, lol­lies and face paint for them and their sib­lings.

The Premier, who has been the mem­ber for Inala since 2006, and for­mer Bris­bane City Coun­cil­lor but now lo­cal fed­eral MP, Mil­ton Dick, de­cided 10 years ago to come along and say hello to their brand new con­stituents and get a pic­ture taken.

The idea took off, and now there are thou­sands of pho­to­graphs on Inala lounge­room walls tes­ti­fy­ing to the pair’s com­mit­ment.

The Premier sees it as one of her more en­joy­able pub­lic en­gage­ments. Leigh Neven, from West­lake, agrees it’s a won­der­ful ges­ture and was only too happy to get a snap with the Premier and her oneyear-old James.

“It’s just a nice thing to do,” she said.

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