Saturday April 19, 12:09 PM
Blanchett brings baby Ignatius to summit
The youngest of Kevin Rudd's 1,003 summiteers got a last-minute change of clothing from his mum then promptly fell asleep.
Ignatius Martin Upton, actor Cate Blanchett's third son, may be only six days old but again he managed to upstage famous Australians without even opening his eyes.
Mother and child were the focus of attention as they arrived at Parliament House, posing proudly for photographers as they entered the Great Hall for the Rudd government's 2020 ideas summit.
Three days earlier, when he was half his age, Ignatius made headlines when the prime minister chose to visit his Sydney hospital bed, missing the funeral in Melbourne for the late Labor senator John Button.
Mr Rudd told Ms Blanchett that day she should not feel pressured to attend this weekend's summit.
But the Oscar winner, the only female among 10 summit chairs, was determined to make it.
She sat in the front row at Saturday's opening plenary session next to her husband Andrew Upton, who was left holding the baby.
Mr Upton snuggled Ignatius close to his chest in an infant's pouch.
Just before the session got underway, Ms Blanchett decided Ignatius was too hot - perhaps the result of the wattage from a thousand nearby intellects - and removed an upper layer of his clothing in the wings.
The baby described by Mr Rudd as a "beautiful guy" then fell fast asleep, and stayed that way for the first hour, snoozing throughout Mr Rudd's opening address.
Earlier Ms Blanchett was praised as a "superwoman" by fellow actor and summiteer Hugh Jackman.
"I have given her my kids - she is looking after them for the weekend," Jackman joked.
"Cate Blanchett is superwoman ... she is amazing on every level, I think she is flawless as a person and I am thrilled that she is leading our stream."
Actor Rhys Muldoon, known for his role in the ABC kids show Play School, also joked about the "superwoman" and her child bearing abilities.
"She has just had three kids more this morning, so there will be four little kids at the summit with her," he said.
Mr Rudd said 1,002 delegates were attending his summit, but it's thought his count did not include the only one to get in without official accreditation.