Federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland, and her husband Michael Chaaya, welcomed their first child today, February 23; a daughter named Octavia Susan-Marie. Octavia Chaaya was born at 6.29 am this morning at Norwest Private Hospital, weighing 2.93 kg and 46.5 cm long.
Michelle won the seat of Greenway in 2010, having been a local councillor and deputy Mayor of Blacktown. Her background is in corporate law, and she was a director of the Western Sydney Area Health Service for several years.
Michael is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth law firm, and specialises in financial services reform and regulation, working closely with many government bodies. He was awarded the Australian Centenary medal for service to the law, youth and community in 2003 and is currently a director of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre.
As Michelle is on maternity leave, she will not be able to take part in the ballot on Monday morning, when Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are expected to vie for leadership of the Australian Labor Party, and leadership of the nation. Michelle’s absence means that Julia Gillard will have one less supporter, and raises the remote possibility of the ballot ending in a tie.
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I love love love the name – I picked this name for my baby girl when I was 9 years old, and waited 35 years before I could use it. My Octavia was born 10/10/2011
Im not to fond of Octavia
Octavia seems to be going down well … Susan is a name that suddenly seems to be ultra-fashionable across the board; I’m finding it in virtually every set of birth announcements. I don’t know why, but Susan, your day has come!
Lou @ Mer de noms said:
Octavia is gorgeous – and certainly not one I’d think to pair with Susan!
I adore Octavia and Susan is winning me over!
I LOVE the name Octavia!!!