Stillbirths: paid parental leave needed so parents can deal with loss, says Keneally

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated August 1 2021 - 9:03pm, first published 6:00pm
Senator Kristina Keneally says parents of stillborn babies also have parenting responsibilities and need time to deal with their loss. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Australia could see a drop of 30 per cent of stillbirths in the next few years after it implemented a national action plan last year, says a parliamentarian whose daughter was stillborn. But for her the work is not yet done.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.