Labor MP Kate Ellis, and her husband, journalist David Penberthy, welcomed their first child on April 8 and have named their son Samuel Christopher Ellis. Kate has represented the seat of Adelaide since 2004, and is currently the Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood. David is editor-in-chief at News Limited and opinion website The Punch, as well as co-host of the Breakfast Show on Adelaide’s talk-back radio station Fiveaa.

Labor Senator Penny Wong, and her partner Sophie Allouache, welcomed their second child on Good Friday, April 3, and have named their daughter Hannah. Hannah joins big sister Alexandra, aged 3; Alexandra’s birth was featured on the blog.

Liberal MP Ross Vasta, and his wife Fang [pictured], welcomed their second child on February 7 and have named their son Micah Damien. Micah is a brother for Zachary, aged 2. Ross has represented the seat of Bonner in Brisbane from 2004 to 2007, and was re-elected in 2010 on one of the highest swings to any Liberal candidate in Queensland. Before entering politics he operated three Italian restaurants and was a company director.