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

New South Wales 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 evening. This will be the couple’s sixth daughter. They already have five daughters, Charlotte, Amelia, Annabelle, Harriet and Beatrice. They also have a son, Guillaume.

“Exciting family news,” he wrote.

“Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are delighted to announce that we have a baby girl scheduled for next year.

Supporters of Perrottet have accused his critics of calling his six children a “coded attack” on his Catholicism. But the Prime Minister has repeatedly referred to the joys and lessons of growing up in a larger family.

The state’s youngest prime minister himself grew up in a family of 12, admitting he grew up changing diapers and helping his mother. A 13th brother died at birth.

Mr. Perrottet entered Parliament ten years ago when he was still in his twenties. In his first speech, he paid tribute to his own mother and his wife, Helen, and what he had learned growing up in a large family.

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

“But with so many of us around, she realized very quickly that she couldn’t do it all on her own. I waxed 12 pairs of shoes in the summer. I packed 12 lunches in the fall. I changed 1200 diapers in the winter and then changed them again in the spring.

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

“You said you were going to be the premier premier for families. If you were a woman leader, you would be asked how you can do as a prime minister and also a parent of six children, so I think it’s fair to ask you today, ”the reporter said.

“What do you think?”

He admitted it would be “demanding,” but noted that balancing work and family life is a challenge for everyone across NSW.

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

“I have a strong family and I have a strong ministerial team that will ensure that we are focused on the people of NSW.

“Yes, I have family commitments, but that shouldn’t disqualify someone from the job.”

Another reporter then asked Mr Perrottet to explain what sacrifices he might have to make, if that would mean not coaching his children’s basketball team on weekends.

“Yes there will be challenges and maybe… other family (events) that I might not have (time to go), but it will push me even more to make sure that every hour of my day, when I’m at work, is dedicated to improving the lives of every person across the state, ” he said.

“So far, all of our Liberal premiers have served as prime ministers of infrastructure – building roads, railways, schools and hospitals for communities across our state.

“It won’t change with me, but I will also be a premier of families, focusing on how we can improve the lives of working families. “


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