MLC mum’s the word after birth of son

MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson and Hugo.
MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson and Hugo.

A DISAPPOINTING end to work before going on maternity leave for East Metropolitan Region MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson is now overshadowed by her newborn baby.

Ms Sanderson gave birth to Hugo Sanderson-Ellliot, a healthy baby boy, about nine weeks ago.

Having returned to her electorate duties this month, the mother-of-two now has a permanent attachment with Hugo going wherever she does.

She said she looked forward to introducing Hugo to people in her electorate and would return to Parliament in February.

Before going on maternity leave in August, Ms Sanderson was forced to resign from the Public Administration Committee and Uniform Legislation Committee.

She had to quit because under current standing orders there was no provision for a member to be replaced when part way through an inquiry so in order to be replaced a member had to resign.

Ms Sanderson said the requirement to resign when having a baby was backwards and something from the 1950s and should be changed.

“For a personal point of view, having to resign was quite upsetting and a bad note to leave on,” she said.

“It didn’t feel as happy as it should have when you stop work to have a baby.

“From a politician’s point of view, I felt really angry and I still feel quite angry.”

Ms Sanderson said Labor wanted a small change made to the rules allowing any member taking leave, maternity or extended sick leave, to be replaced on a committee without having to formally resign.

Ms Sanderson said she hoped to return to committee work because it was an important part of her role.