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Tasmanian parliament's motherhood statement

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Tasmania's parliament has moved to embrace members who are mothers.

The House of Assembly's Standing Orders Committee - which is comprised of four men and one woman, Speaker Elise Archer - has recommended modernising the Standing Orders to allow women members of parliament 12 weeks maternity leave and to nurse their children, under 12 months of age, in the House.

It's also proposed parties agree to provide a 'pair' when a nursing mother is absent for a division.

Premier Will Hodgman claims the changes "go further than any other Australian jurisdiction to support female members of Parliament" and will obviate the sort of scenes Victoria's parliament witnessed more than 10 years ago,when then-member Kirstie Marshall tried to breastfeed her infant daughter in the chamber. Both Ms Marshall and baby Charlotte were ejected from the house.

Labor member for Lyons Rebecca White will be the first member to benefit from the update: her first child is due this month.

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