MEMBER for Bendigo Lisa Chesters will today seek a leave of absence from parliamentary sittings ahead of the birth of her first child.
The motion to go to the floor this afternoon will request leave from parliamentary sittings in the last two sitting weeks of this year and the start of next year.
Ms Chesters expected today to be the last sitting day of parliament she'd attend before the birth.
"The next time parliament sits is not until the end of November, start of December and that's when the baby's due," she said.
"Locally, I'm still on deck until November 18."
Ms Chesters - the first female Member for Bendigo - said she would still be attending community events and meeting with constituents until then.
Her return date is flexible, depending on the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby.
"People should still feel free to contact my office at any time," Ms Chesters said.
She said her office would do the bulk of the work locally while she was on leave, including running the Christmas toy drive.
"In Canberra, other MPs will step in and do committee work as required," Ms Chesters said.
"It's not like traditional maternity leave where they appoint someone to do the role."
She said there were still quite a few senators that could be a voice for constituents.
"Whilst technically on leave if something is really important I will be raising my concerns," Ms Chesters said.
"Some thing are just too important to not have a voice."
Ms Chesters said a number of issues she had been vocal, such as drug testing welfare recipients, were set to go before the Senate in the coming weeks.
She sits in the House of Representatives.
"I have raised in parliament opportunities for government to fund our community infrastructure projects in the mid-year budget," she said.
She said she had also written to relevant ministers seeking support for projects like further improvements to the Bendigo Airport.
Ms Chesters plans to give birth at Bendigo Hospital.
"It's overwhelming the support I've received from people across Bendigo and the region," she said.
"We should all feel very lucky and fortunate to have such a wonderful hospital in our town.
"I feel very comfortable entering the final stage of pregnancy - I feel like I'm in very safe hands."
She plans to be at the Bendigo Agricultural Show advocating for another health issue close to her heart - eye safety.
Ms Chesters will be giving away sunglasses at her stall to mark a year since her eye cancer treatment.
"Last year I was diagnosed with a very rare form of melanoma on my eye. I am now cancer free because of my early diagnosis and treatment, but prevention is key," she said.
"We're always reminded to slip, slop and slap but it's important to remember to 'slide' on the sunglasses also."
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