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‘EXCITING FAMILY NEWS’: NSW Premier announces seventh child

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his wife Helen have announced the happy news that they are expecting their seventh child next year.

    NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his wife Helen have announced the happy news that they are expecting their seventh child next year.

    Mr Perrottet, 39, revealed the news on Facebook on Sunday night. It will be the couple’s sixth daughter. They already have five daughters, Charlotte, Amelia, Annabelle, Harriet and Beatrice. They also have a son, William.

    “Exciting family news,’’ he wrote.

    “Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are thrilled to announce we have a little girl due next year.”

    Supporters of Mr Perrottet have accused his critics of referring to his six children as a “coded attack” on his Catholicism. But the Premier has repeatedly referenced the joys and lessons in growing up in a larger family.

    The state’s youngest ever Premier was himself brought up in a family of 12 children, admitting he grew up changing nappies and helping his mother. A 13th sibling died at birth.

    Mr Perrottet entered parliament a decade ago when he was still in his twenties. In his maiden speech he paid tribute to his own mother and his wife, Helen and what he had learned growing up in a big family.

    “I had the privilege of growing up in a large family. I am the third of 12 children. As you may imagine, my mother ran a very tight ship,’’ he said.

    “But with so many of us around, she realised very quickly she could not get everything done by herself. I polished 12 pairs of shoes in summer. I packed 12 lunches in autumn. I changed 1200 nappies in winter and then changed them again in spring.”

    Mr Perrottet was famously asked how he planned to juggle being the NSW Premier and six children on his first day on the job, with a reporter who noted it would be a question asked of any female leader.

    “You said you were going to be the first Premier for families. If you were a female leader, you would be asked how you can manage being Premier and also the parent of six children, so I think it is fair to ask you that today,” the reporter said.

    “What do you think?”

    He confessed it would be “demanding” but noted that balancing work and family life is challenging for every person across NSW.

    “I think what I might lose in time, I gain in perspective. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and I am no different to that, but one thing I do know is that I have a very strong team around me,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “I have a strong family and I have a strong ministerial team who will ensure that our focus is on the people of NSW.

    “Yes I have family commitments, but that should not disqualify one from the job.”

    Another reporter then asked Mr Perrottet to elaborate on what sacrifices he might have to make, whether that would mean not coaching his kids’ basketball team on the weekend.

    “Yes, there will be challenges and perhaps … other family (events) that I may not have (time to go to), but that will drive me even more to make sure that every single hour of my day, when I am at work, is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of every person across the state,’’ he said.

    “Up until now, all of our Liberal premiers have been infrastructure premiers – building roads, rail, schools and hospitals for communities right across our state.

    “That will not change with me, but I will also be a family Premier, focusing on how we can make life better for working families.”

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