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Linda Burney Makes History As First Aboriginal Woman Elected To The Lower House

"We have created history tonight"

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Linda Burney has made history as the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the house of representatives in Saturday's federal election.


The former New South Wales deputy Labor leader has won the marginal seat of Barton in Sydney's southern suburbs, taking it from Liberal Nickolas Varvaris who has held it since 2103.

"The flirt with the Liberals is over and Barton is back where it belongs and I can thank all these people around me, we have created history tonight in Barton," Burney told Channel 7.

"We have created history tonight in Barton for Aboriginal people and for women, the first Indigenous woman in the house of representatives."

ALP's Linda Burney first aboriginal woman in Parliament with historic Barton win. https://t.co/glAxr7ZmOB

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Burney says her priorities in the lower house will be around education and Aboriginal affairs with a strong push for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people.

"I want to make sure that I am not pigeonholed as the Aboriginal representative. I have a broad range of experience, but my passion is education, my passion has been Aboriginal affairs all my life it’s who I am," Burney said.

"I want to make sure that this country tells the truth in the Australian constitution and that's recognising the first people."

It's the second time Burney has made history. In 2003, she was the first Aboriginal person to be elected into the NSW parliament.

News of Burney's win has seen hundreds of people take to social media to congratulate her.

I can't get enough of this news. #ausvotes https://t.co/dPIdHwqgMB


@natashamitchell You've just brought me to tears. Loved this remarkable duo of Linda Burney and Rick Farley

Bravo Linda Burney - a wonderful day for Australian politics regardless of who you voted for.

Congratulations Linda Burney deadliest woman as always @LindaBurneyMP

May many more indigenous women follow Linda Burney into House of Reps. Taken to 2016 to get the 1st. #ATSI women born leaders #ausvotes

Onya Linda Burney! First female Indigenous MP!!! Great moment for Australia!! https://t.co/ILo7UH0Qw9


Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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