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Australia reacts to news NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and wife are expecting their seventh child

Social media has gone into meltdown with the news that Australia's newest state leader will become a father for the seventh time.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet proudly announced on Sunday night that his wife Helen is expecting their seventh child, a sixth girl, just two weeks after he took over as state leader.

News of the devout Catholic's new family addition due in 2022 sparked an overwhelming response on social media.

Many joked about the use of birth control while others pondered how he will juggle raising seven young kids while occupying the highest office in the state as NSW bounces back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

A beaming Mr Perrottet admitted he's on the hunt for a bigger car to fit his growing brood at a press conference on Monday to mark the easing of further restrictions in NSW after hitting the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his wife Helen are expecting their seventh child

'If anyone has a second-hand mini-van they want to sell, please contact my office,' he quipped.

Mr Perrottet was inundated with online messages from well-wishers offering their congratulations, including rival state Labor MPs. 

But the announcement also sparked a hilarious response from Australians with some joking he should change his name from Dom to 'Con-Dom'.

'For the love of God, someone give these poor people a television!' one woman pleaded.

One man quipped: 'This bloke really doesn't believe in contraception.'

Another photoshopped Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews into a family snap of Mr Perrottet with his wife and children.

'Dom Perrottet and his seven children,' he captioned the photo.

Others took the opportunity to take a swipe at the NSW Premier.

'Women are not just a baby factory,' one person wrote.

Another added: 'When the world is suffering from overpopulation and excessive drain on resources it's pretty selfish to have this many kids, if we all thought that way we would quickly be living on a desert planet.'

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet fronted the media on Monday morning, hours after announcing his young family will grow to nine next year

Social media has gone into meltdown over the news, where one Aussie photoshopped Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews (right) into a family snap of Mr Perrottet with his wife and children.

One woman questioned whether Mr Perrottet should have been upfront with NSW when he recently claimed the top job.

'Did you know you were about to become a father (again) when you took on the job of Premier?' she wrote

'Should you have been up front about your impending parenthood when you took the job?

'How will you manage a new baby, your existing children, and the demanding and important role of Premier?

Former federal Labor MP Emma Husar also weighed into the online debate, describing it as 'just another day of double standards'.

'Lost track of how many times I was asked in public office 'where were my kids and who was minding them..' while I was working,' she posted.

'Wonder how many times he is asked this? AND if it were a female premier with seven kids what the 'community sentiment' would be about her running the state. 

'Wonder if he ever gets told that his 'kids need a Dad home' and 'he shouldn't be in such a high pressure job…' 

'Just another day of double standards underpinning sexism and inequality of the sexes.'

The devout Catholic leader posted the 'exciting family news' on Facebook on Sunday night (pictured, the premier's only son William)

Mr Perrottet announced the exciting family news' on Facebook on Sunday night, alongside a photo of his noticeably pregnant wife Helen. 

'Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are thrilled to announce we have a little girl due next year,' he wrote.  

'With five sisters already, William is looking on the bright side - more bench depth on the family basketball team.'

'Wow Helen you're a Wonder Woman! Congratulations,' another agreed. 

The couple are already the proud parents of Charlotte, Amelia, Annabelle, William, Harriet, and Beatrice.  

Mr Perrottet himself was asked about how he would manage his big family by Sky News' Laura Jayes after his election by the Liberal Party. 

'Well, it is demanding,' the 39-year-old responded. 'I mean, being a father, like being a mother, when you have got family commitments, balancing work and family life is a challenge for every single person right across the state.

'Ultimately, I think what I might lose in time, I gain in perspective, and everyone has the attributes, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and I am no different to that, but one thing I do know is that I have a very strong team around me.

'I have a strong family and I have a strong ministerial team who will ensure that our focus is on the people of NSW, and that we come out stronger on the other side.'

The couple (pictured) are already the proud parents of six other children: Charlotte, Amelia, Annabelle, William, Harriet and Beatrice

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his wife Helen with four of their soon to be seven children

Ms Perrottet is a former Australian Federal Police officer, has worked in public relations for the Australian Defence Force, studied the law at night and is now a high-powered solicitor.

The mother-of-seven has worked in law in both the private and public sector for more than 16 years and is a former winner of the Australian Beginner Championships of Ceroc Dancing - a blend of jive, ballroom and swing dancing. 

Mr Perrottet thanked his wife and family upon his ascension to the top job following his 39-5 victory in the Liberal Party ballot on October 5. 

'To my wife, Helen, and my kids, without your love and support, I would not be here today,' the premier was heard repeating.

The Liberal leader previously mentioned his wife in his maiden speech to Parliament after the Coalition won a landslide victory in 2011. 

Mr Perrottet said everyone present owed a lot to their families. 'My amazing wife, Helen, knows the demands of work and family that we as Australians face in the twenty-first century,' he said.

Mr Perrottet (pictured with his wife and children) has said his family commitments should not disqualify him from the job as premier

'To my wife, Helen, and my kids, without your love and support, I would not be here today,' the premier (pictured) said following his 39-5 victory in the Liberal Party ballot

As a father of six and with 11 siblings, Mr Perrottet has said he would be a 'family premier' who wants to 'make life better for working families' (pictured with his wife Helen and a friend)

'For many years while working full time in numerous jobs, including the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Defence Force, Helen also worked late into the night completing a law degree at night school.'

Mr Perrottet said his wife wanted to not only better herself, but also her community, and did so while juggling many roles.

'Late into the night she applied herself to her studies and cared for her family. I am immensely proud of her as a talented professional, as a soul-mate, and above all as a mother who continues to give everything she has to her two children: Charlotte, who is here in the gallery today, and Amelia, who is due to be born in a few months.' 

As a father of six and with 11 siblings, Mr Perrottet has said he would be a 'family premier' who wants to 'make life better for working families.'

'Up until now, all of our Liberal premiers have been infrastructure premiers, building roads, rail, schools and hospitals for communities right across our state, and that will not change with me,' he said.

'But I will also be a family Premier, focusing on how we can make life better for working families, living the Liberal values of opportunity, aspiration and hard work.'

Helen Perrottet (pictured with two of her children) is a former Australian Federal Police officer, has worked in public relations for the Australian Defence Force and is now a solicitor

The social conservative has also been forced to address his religious views. 

In 2019, Mr Perrottet voted against a bill to decriminalise abortion, declaring he could not support laws that stopped 'the beating heart of an unborn child'.

'I am very proud of the fact that I have a strong Christian faith,' he said. 

'Does that in any way take away my capacity to serve as Premier?

'Well, I do not think so, and I think it is a sad thing that some people do, but I think people right across our state, in the main, believe in freedom of religion and freedom of the opportunity to serve in public life regardless of what your ethnic background is or what your religious values are.'