Linda was born in country New South Wales in the 1950s and raised by her great aunt and uncle. She was the first Aboriginal person to serve in the New South Wales Parliament in 2003, and also the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 2016. - Linda Burney, 2018. The white cockatoo–the messenger bird–is Linda Burney’s totem. As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of … Linda Burney. Linda Burney is a proud Wiradjuri women who has overcome extraordinary adversity to become an educator, senior bureaucrat and politician. Born in 1957, Linda was one of the first Aboriginal students to graduate from Mitchell College, now known as Charles Sturt University, with a teaching degree in 1978. Lifetime Achievement Award. Linda considers her most significant political achievement to be the Keep Them Safe reforms, which she introduced in the wake of the 2008 Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection. She is a member of Australian House of Representative, and the Shadow Minister for Families and Social services and for Preventing Family Violence. Linda Burney is a Wiradjuri woman and the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives. Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. Find out more. She won the Sydney seat of Barton at the 2016 election, following many years in the New South Wales Parliament. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/05/asia/her-linda-burney-australia/index.html She won the Sydney seat of Barton at the 2016 election, following many years in the New South Wales Parliament. Linda Jean Burney (born 25 April 1957) is an Australian politician, member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Federal Parliament, and the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and for Preventing Family Violence. After teaching for only two years, at the young age of 22, Linda asked to join John Lester, Lynette Riley and Trevor Cook in establishing the first … A member of the Wiradjuri Nation, Linda Burney is a natural leader. Recently, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence. Member for Barton (NSW) Australian Labor Party (2016 – Current) First Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives (2016) Prev. Linda Burney is a Wiradjuri woman and the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives. Linda was born in country New South Wales in the 1950s and raised by her great aunt and uncle.