Boom in babies breaks Budget
MICHAEL Sukkar, the federal Minister tasked with tackling housing affordability, had planned to be in Canberra on Tuesday night when the Coalition unveiled its longawaited housing package. But baby Leo had other ideas.
Mr Sukkar was one of two members of the government’s economic team missing from Parliament this week due to a Budget season baby boom.
Mr Sukkar, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, spent Budget day in hospital after his wife Anna gave birth to the couple’s first child, Leo, earlier than expected.
The junior minister said while he had spent months helping prepare the budget, his wife and son needed him more than Scott Morrison did.
“Leo arrived a bit earlier than expected, proving that the best-laid plans can come unstuck,” Mr Sukkar said.
“He rearranged my Budget week and rearranged our lives, but all for the better.”
Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer, the first frontbencher to give birth while serving as a Cabinet member, watched Mr Morrison deliver his federal budget speech from her loungeroom while feeding four-week old son Edward.
“It was very odd not being there,” Ms O’Dwyer said.
“But I was beamed in to a Cabinet meeting prior to the Budget and wished them luck.”
Ms O’Dwyer didn’t miss out on all the action, hosting her annual Higgins Post-Budget Breakfast. While not taking full maternity leave, Ms O’Dwyer has cut back on travel since giving birth last month but plans to return to Canberra before the winter break.