Linda Burney first Aboriginal woman in Australia's federal Parliament

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Labor candidate, Linda Burney, has made history after becoming the first female Aboriginal MP in federal Parliament.

Burney defeated Liberal MP Nickolas Varvaris, winning a seat for the centre-left Labor party in Australia’s parliamentary lower house.

The former teacher first made political history in 2003 when she became the first female Aboriginal to enter the New South Wales state parliament.

Burney will join Ken Wyatt of the conservative Liberal Party who was elected as the first Aboriginal MP in 2010. She also follows in the footsteps of Nova Peri, former senator and olympian, who was the first Aboriginal woman in the upper house.