hot off the presses this morning:
CANBERRA, Aug 9 AAP – Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong and her gay partner are having a baby.
The senator released a statement on Tuesday revealing her long-term partner Sophie Allouache was expected to give birth in December after falling pregnant through IVF.
“Like any expecting parents, the prospect of welcoming this child into our lives fills us both with joy,” Senator Wong said.
“We are extremely grateful to our IVF service and staff, and to our donor, for giving us the opportunity to raise a child together.”
The couple know the biological father who will be known to the child.
But his name will not be released to the media, Senator Wong said.
“We have chosen to make this statement about Sophie’s pregnancy as we understand there may be public interest due to my position.
“I do not propose to make any further statements following today,” she said.
Treasurer Wayne Swan was the first of Senator Wong’s colleagues to congratulate the couple.
“As any parent knows, starting a family is one of the most exciting times in your life, so this is just great news for Penny and Sophie,” Mr Swan said in a brief statement.
“On behalf of my own family and all my staff, I wish them both all the best on the long but enormously rewarding road of parenthood.”
Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop passed on the congratulations of the coalition.
“The birth of a child is a cause for great happiness for Penny Wong and her partner,” she told AAP.
“I wish them all the very best in the coming months.”
Thank you, AAP. Now, everyone, go out and spend a buck on your local newspaper … keep a journalist in a job.
found at Ms Snarker Regrets.
i’ve had a good week, puntifically speaking. i’m about $60 up on $50 investment.
partly that’s cos i managed to pick 10 out 10 NRL winners last weekend — and 2 from 2 so far this weekend.
but i also did something silly.
yes, i have been putting money on Samantha Stosur … her of the million-dollar arm, and the five-cent head.
so far, it’s paid off, despite her best efforts to lose. yesterday she won her quarter-final in three sets after losing the first set, then giving up a 5-0 lead in the third, she finally got through in the tiebreaker.
tomorrow she’s playing a no-name in the semi-final. i’ve put $16 on her at about $1.20.
i’m doomed. DOOMED, i tell ye.