IT’S not the first time Tim Hammond has put family ahead of politics.
In 2013 he was considered a likely choice for the Labor party to preselect for the federal Perth seat.
Since being elected he’s talked openly about how he and wife Lindsay Fletcher-Hammond had been trying for a baby, but experienced three miscarriages.
By the time the opportunity for preselection came around in 2013, he now had that young family they’d been trying for, and so he decided not to run.
Alannah MacTiernan would go on to keep the seat warm for one term, and when she didn’t recontest, Mr Hammond took the party’s nomination for the 2016 election.
Eight months into his term, his wife told him she was pregnant with their third child. “Except it isn’t our third child,” Mr Hammond wrote in a 2017 opinion piece reflecting on the three miscarriages. “It is actually our sixth child.”