These First Nations politicians are headed for Canberra

The federal election has delivered historic numbers of diverse parliamentarians as the new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, is sworn in ending the Coalition’s decade in power.

The Coalition government was decimated after the Liberal party lost a slew of previously safe inner-city wealthy seats to independents, and a swing in Western Australia turned once-safe Liberal seats over to Labor.

The incoming 47th parliament will also be the nation’s most diverse, bringing in ten First Nations politicians — record numbers in both houses of parliament.

The full Albanese ministry is expected to be sworn in next Wednesday.

Some old faces, some new

Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney was returned to the seat of Barton and will take her place in the House of Representatives as the first Aboriginal woman to hold the Indigenous affairs portfolio.

She takes over from long-time MP Ken Wyatt, who also lost his seat.

Ms Burney will also be the minister for families and social services, the first Indigenous person to hold that portfolio.

She will be joined by incoming Marion Scrymgour, who won the NT seat of Lingiari, and Dr Gordon Reid who has snatched the New South Wales seat of Robertson from the Coalition.

Ms Burney told ABC’s RN Breakfast host Patricia Karvelas that her priority will be seeing the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“This week is five years since the Uluru statement was made and it is a very high priority and is 100 per cent supported by the caucus,” she said.

She also affirmed that the government would now turn to the consultation process around implementing a voice, treaty, and a truth-telling commission.

Record number of Indigenous women in the senate

Labor’s Jana Stewart will be joining her colleague Malarndirri McCarthy, and Jacinta Nampijinpa Price for the opposition’s Country Liberal Party and will represent the Northern Territory along with Ms McCarthy in an NT first.

Western Australian Labor senator and Yawuru man Patrick Dodson is set to be the minister for constitutional recognition and reconciliation under a Labor government.

The Greens, who enjoyed one of the biggest swings towards it in history, will be returning a number of First Nations women to the senate.

Tasmanian Aboriginal senator, Jacqui Lambie is also in the senate with her party and the Greens expected to have a key role in a growing senate crossbench as independents have swelled in numbers.

Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe and West Australian Dorinda Cox have been re-elected to the senate.

Ms Price is likely to be the Coalition’s only Indigenous MP after Ken Wyatt lost his seat and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander challengers around the country failed to make headway.

The 47th Parliament will also be one of the most diverse in history with a bevy of parliamentarians coming from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds joining parliament.

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