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Work/Life Balance - Working with a baby
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Katy Gallagher, Member of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly, Minister for Education, Minister for Children and Minister for Women returned to the Assembly after giving birth to her second child, Charlie.

In a candid interview with The Canberra Times she shared how she experienced the chaos that comes with a new born - sleep deprivation, domestic disarray and more take-away meals. 'The last thing I want to portray is that I'm some sort of super-woman ... that you can be in this high-powered job, have a family and a relationship and everything is rosy ... You do the best you can with every day and I know every woman out there is doing the same thing.'
Unlike the Federal Government, the ACT Government actively supports women in the workplace. Gallagher took her baby to the Assembly and 'there's no feeling that I'm burdening the Cabinet with something ... I'm not made to feel guilty at all or worried that he's making a noise. Part of being a mother is being anxious about what everyone is thinking. It's nice not to have that pressure at all.'

Canberra Times, March 5, 2006



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