And she issued a message to young Indigenous Australians. Burney has also served as National President of the ALP. She explains what it is she stands for, who the people of her electorate are, and the background she has come from. There was never a question of being anything but a Labor member, she said. The first decade of my life was spent as a non-citizen.”, "I saw an old man, Mother. Burney, 59, is the ALP member for Barton (NSW). SPEECH - WEDNESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2020 . (ABC News: Adam Kennedy) The outline of the sulphur crested cockatoo was burned freehand into the kangaroo skin cloak worn by Ms Burney as she began the speech. The white cockatoo is … Linda Burney MP, tells the story of her kangaroo skin cloak in maiden speech at Parliament House. Donning a cloak detailing her … She promised to push for education, a reduction in the rate of juvenile imprisonment and the end of domestic violence. Federal Labor frontbencher and Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney says Australia did experience true apartheid for much of its history. Burney uses this opportunity to describe the role of politics as she sees it, with particular attention given to the themes … Watch: Linda Burney includes Wiradjuri song as part of maiden speech “I was born at a time when the Australian Government knew how many sheep there were, but not how many Aboriginal people. The usual rules of the Lower House were relaxed to allow Wiradjuri woman Lynette Riley to sing the Labor MP into the house from the public gallery. "Young men and women from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal backgrounds understand what that election means.". Linda Burney (ALP-Barton) - First Speech (Aug 31, 2016) - Duration: 35:50. When he told a story he traced the fold in a tablecloth with his forefinger just like you. “If I can stand in this place, so can they – never let anyone tell you, you are limited by anything.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers. She paid tribute to her late partner former politician Rick Farley, saying the world was a worse place without him. The first Indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives has delivered the opening of her maiden speech in her native language. "This is not just about a portrait of me, this is about those who have come before me and those who will come after,” she said. The former New South Wales MP joked it was ironic her federal seat of Barton – named after former prime minister Edmund Barton who introduced the white Australia policy – was now one of the most multicultural in the country. Linda Burney, the first indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, delivered her maiden speech today. “However I say to my elders, that the last bit may not always apply in question time.”. She told the federal parliament on Wednesday she was deeply moved to have journeyed to a “powerful place”. ", Linda Burney strikes a pose as her portrait was unveiled at Parliament House. Linda Burney addressed the House of Representatives on the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Protecting Consumers (2019 Measures)) Bill 2019 - Wednesday, … The first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives, Linda Burney, has slammed calls for the watering down of the Racial Discrimination Act during her maiden speech. She won … Watch: Linda Burney includes Wiradjuri song as part of maiden speech, “I was born at a time when the Australian Government knew how many sheep there were, but not how many Aboriginal people. February 05, 2020 Thousands of Indigenous families ripped off by dodgy funeral insurers February 05, 2020 / Daryl Tan. She invited the chamber to imagine what it was like for a 13-year-old girl who was told at school her ancestors were the closest thing to stone-age men. (AAP). Donning a cloak detailing her personal story, Labor MP Linda Burney invited fellow Wiradjuri woman Lynette Riley to sing a traditional song from the gallery. The cloak showed Burney’s clan totem, the goanna, and her personal totem, the white cockatoo, which she said was “very noisy”. I was 10-years-old before the ‘67 referendum fixed that. February 12, 2020 / Daryl Tan / Daryl Tan. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. “The Aboriginal part of my story is important, it is the core of who I am,” she said. All rights reserved. What is it: In this speech, Linda Burney, the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, gives her inaugural speech to Parliament in 2016. LINDA BURNEY . 'Being born Aboriginal was a complete scandal,' how Linda Burney's childhood drives her today. She was previously a member of the NSW Parliament, a minister in the last Labor government, and deputy leader of the Opposition between 2011 and 2016. Burney reflected on the February 2008 apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples by the Rudd Labor government, carrying an empty coolamon – or wooden vessel – into parliament. “People in our community know that the invisible hand of the market cares little for the needs of the most disadvantaged.”. “As a little girl she was taught, in her words, that she was descended from people who are as close to the stone age as possible,” Mr Shorten said. But I will not be stereotyped’, Wed 31 Aug 2016 04.51 EDT The member for Barton’s portrait, painted by New South Wales artist Jude Rae, was commissioned for Parliament’s Historic Memorials Collection in recognition of her election. “But I will not be stereotyped and I will not be pigeon-holed.”. 'Apartheid did exist in this country', Linda Burney reminds conservatives. Wiradjuri woman sings Linda Burney into parliament for her maiden speech, first Indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives. 35:50. Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt - Powerful - … “These lands are, always were and always will be Aboriginal land,” she said. “I wish in this house … to be respectful, to be gentle and be polite,” she told parliament. “The fact that it has taken 119 years to unveil a portrait of an Aboriginal woman as a member of parliament is embarrassing.”. Linda Burney made history when she became the first Aboriginal woman to enter the House of Representatives in 2016, but behind the confident Wiradjuri woman is … Malcolm Farnsworth 16,529 views. It will hang alongside other paintings of significant firsts in Australia’s parliament including the first woman elected, Dame Enid Lyons; and the first Indigenous man elected, Senator Neville Bonner. A painting of the proud Wiradjuri woman takes a permanent place in Canberra’s Parliament House. The first Indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives has delivered the opening of her maiden speech in her native language. Burney tells parliamentary colleagues: ‘the Aboriginal part of my story is important, it is the core of who I am. An “inspiration” was how Bill Shorten described the first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia’s House of Representatives. Last modified on Tue 13 Mar 2018 12.35 EDT. The Opposition Leader said he saw “a story of hope” when he looked at the new official portrait of Labor MP Linda Burney, which was unveiled at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday morning. Ms Burney said she was “humbled” by the portrait unveiling. But the chamber felt a long way from that, she said. Constitutional recognition in the nation’s birth certificate was the next step for the parliament and country in the reconciliation journey, she said. Labor MP Linda Burney shares a moment with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Linda Burney made history when she became the first Aboriginal woman to enter the House of Representatives in 2016, but behind the confident Wiradjuri woman is a painful past that she says helped shape the leader she has become today.