Gweneth today took Sebastian along to the Democrats and Greens’ launch of their paid maternity leave policy.* Turned out there were only a handful of babies in the room. While the other babies were featured on various news outlets,Â Sebastian took star billing on Ten News, as he reached out to touch the camera.
As I’ve mentioned before, he’s a handsome lad, fortunate to have gotten his good looks from his mum. But we’re still perplexed as to where his media tart instincts come from…
It’s a longshot, but if anyone can get us a clip from Ten News, we’d love it. Here’s aÂ photo of the event from ABC Online (Sebastian back right).
Update: Natasha Stott-Despoja has a history when it comes to baby-handling. As The Australian reminds us:
If rule No 1 of political campaigning is to be photographed with smiling babies, then rule No 2 is to make sure you look adoring, rather than rattled.
Just ask Natasha Stott Despoja who, during her 12 years in parliament, has done more to showcase the art of baby-handling than any politician.
Her efforts yesterday, as she celebrated the introduction to the Senate of legislation to establish paid maternity leave, proved practice does make perfect.
Her dextrous manoeuvring of several infants was a far cry from the famous 2001 election snap of the then Democrats leader with a look of sheer terror as she held the daughter of her colleague Andrew Bartlett.
Dextrous, but notÂ perfect. This SMH photo was taken just after she said hello to my son Sebastian (on the right), and he responded by bursting into tears at her.