Member for Barton
Shadow Minister for Human Services
Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence
Linda Burney is the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives. She was also the first Aboriginal person to serve in the New South Wales Parliament. She represented the south western Sydney region of Canterbury for the Australian Labor Party from 2003 to 2016 and served as the Deputy Leader of the Party in NSW from 2011.
From 2007 to 2011 she served as a Minister in the Labor government in a range of portfolios, including Community Services.
She began her career teaching at a public school in western Sydney in 1979. She has been involved in the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group since the mid-1980s and has participated in the development and implementation of the first Aboriginal education policy in Australia.
Linda was an executive member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, President of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and is a former Director-General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
Linda is also the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives, winning the federal seat of Barton in the 2016 federal election.