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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 21st 2009
Baby Julian ready to make his big debut in the bear pit FIONA BRADY Drummoyne MP Angela D'Amore, husband Richard and son Favian welcome newborn Julian to the family. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP235609 MOST pollies put their feet up at this time of year, but not Angela D'Amore who has just given birth to her second child. Baby Julian was born on January 7 after a two-hour labour. ''He was very good to mummy,'' Ms D'Amore, 37, laughed. ''He is feeding well and sleeping well.'' The Drummoyne State Labor MP and husband Richard Tripodi already have a two-year-old boy, Favian. While Ms D'Amore didn't time the birth for the parliamentary break, she's delighted by the coincidence and has taken four weeks' maternity leave. It may sound brief, but not compared to French Justice Minister Rachida Dati who was pilloried in the French media for going back to work five days after giving birth by caesarean section. Ms D'Amore has defended Ms Dati, saying it should be up to the mother to decide. ''I think in certain professions there is a lot of pressure for women to get back but I think women can make an individual choice about how they feel,'' she said. ''We're not going to do anything that jeopardises our baby and our health.'' Ms D'Amore supports a government-funded maternity leave scheme but said female politicians often had more flexibility than other mums because they could take their babies to work. Her eldest son Favian made his parliamentary debut at just six weeks. ToPage2 School's epic trek SHIREEN KHALIL MLC School, Burwood, proposes to escort all of its primary students across four streets twice a day to its new campus, which is still under construction. Despite the tunnel entry to the underground car park not being completed in time for the start of the first term, the school still wishes to use the new campus. If Burwood Council approves MLC's modification to its DA, girls as young as four will be among 617 students who will walk, escorted by teachers, from Rowley St to their new school in Park Rd twice a day, for four months. Starting on the first day of school, parents of students in Years 3 and 5 will be required to drop off their children at the existing ''kiss-and-ride'' in Rowley St by 8.25am, when the 492 students will be escorted by five teachers to the new primary school. About 8.45am, four teachers will escort a further 125 students in Years K-2, from Gordon St across Rowley St and Grantham St before reaching Park Rd where they will enter the new school via the sports field. The students will have to do it all again in reverse during after- noon peak-hour traffic from 2.40pm, when parents will pick them up from the existing school. Principal Barbara Stone said the building was ready and would it be a shame if students couldn't use it. ToPage2
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