Woman Burney, Linda Jean

Aboriginal Administrator and Parliamentarian

Written by Caitlin Stone, The University of Melbourne

Linda Burney was born in Leeton, New South Wales in 1957. She was Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in New South Wales before she entered parliament as a member of the Australian Labor Party in 2003, when she became the first Indigenous person to be elected to the New South Wales parliament. In 2007 she was appointed to the ministry. Following the defeat of the Labor Government in 2011, she became Deputy Leader of the Opposition in New South Wales.

Published Resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Stephens, Tony, 'Candidate Set to be Trailblazer', The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February 2013, p. 4. Details

Online Resources