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Linda Burney Just Became The First Indigenous Woman In The House Of Representatives

Burney takes the southern Sydney seat of Barton.

02/07/2016 7:47 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:56 PM AEST
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Labor's Linda Burney has won the New South Wales seat of Barton, making her the first indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

This isn't the first historic moment for the former deputy leader of the state ALP, who was also the first indigenous person elected to the NSW parliament.

Burney served in the state parliament for 13 years where she was deputy leader for five years.

Burney paid tribute to the community support throughout her race.

"Barton has created history tonight in Australia by electing the first indigenous woman to the House of Representatives," Burney told Sky News.

Barton had been a Labor seat since 1983 but the Coalition's Nick Vavaris won the seat in 2013.

When the electorates in southern Sydney were redistributed after 2013 Barton became a notional Labor seat.

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