18 May 2021

Liberals secure more privacy for Public Service's breastfeeding mums

| Ian Bushnell
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Breastfeeding mothers in the ACT Public Service will soon have more peace of mind when feeding their babies.

Shadow Minister for Women Giulia Jones said the ACT Government had finally agreed to her request for all breastfeeding rooms across 37 public sector buildings in Canberra to be fitted with secure privacy latches.

“The Government has confirmed that there are only 27 breastfeeding rooms with locks. Work requests have been made for three locks to be fitted and another seven requests need to be actioned,” she said.

Ms Jones said securing privacy latches across ACT public sector buildings was an important measure for mothers who wanted to balance their career with family life.

“All mothers have the right to be able to feed their babies in a safe and secure environment in the work place,” she said.

“Getting the details right by removing these everyday barriers for women and mothers in the workplace is vital for women’s career aspirations and equality.”

Ms Jones said these practical changes would help to achieve greater female participation in the workforce.

“I thank the ACT Government for taking this request seriously,” she said.

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