Australia looks set to get its first federal female Aboriginal MP

Linda Burney. Source: Verity Firth/Facebook.

Labor politician Linda Burney, who became the first Aboriginal person in the New South Wales parliament, looks set to make history again tonight as the first female Aboriginal woman in the lower house.

The former MP for Canterbury resigned earlier this year after 13 years in state politics to contest the federal seat of Barton, held by the Liberals since the 2013 election, although a subsequent redistribution made the seat nominally Labor.

Burned, of Wiradjuri descent and grew up in Whitton, near Leeton in western NSW, and rose to become the ALP national president, as well as serving as minister for youth and community services under former premier Kristina Keneally.

With a 2.8% swing in her favour, with 25.4% of the vote counted, Burney looks set to join Western Australian Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, who was elected in 2010, as just the second indigenous MP in the lower house.

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