Linda Burney

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Linda Burney
Minister for Indigenous Australians
Assumed office
1 June 2022
Prime MinisterAnthony Albanese
Preceded byKen Wyatt
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Barton
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byNickolas Varvaris
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
in New South Wales
In office
8 April 2011 – 7 March 2016
LeaderJohn Robertson
Luke Foley
Preceded byJillian Skinner
Succeeded byMichael Daley
National President of the Labor Party
In office
27 December 2008 – 30 July 2009
Preceded byMike Rann
Succeeded byMichael Williamson
NSW Minister (2007-2011)
Minister for Community Services
In office
8 September 2008 – 28 March 2011
PremierNathan Rees
Kristina Keneally
Preceded byKevin Greene
Succeeded byPru Goward (Family and Community Services)
Minister for Youth
In office
2 April 2007 – 5 September 2008
PremierMorris Iemma
Preceded byReba Meagher
Succeeded byGraham West
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Canterbury
In office
22 March 2003 – 6 May 2016
Preceded byKevin Moss
Succeeded bySophie Cotsis
Personal details
Born (1957-04-25) 25 April 1957 (age 66)
Whitton, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor
SpouseRick Farley (d. 2006)
Children2
Alma materCharles Sturt University
OccupationTeacher
Websitewww.lindaburney.com.au

Linda Jean Burney (born 25 April 1957) is an Australian politician who is an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing Barton since the 2016 federal election. She is Minister for Indigenous Australians in the Albanese ministry, and the first woman who identifies as Aboriginal to serve in that position.[1]

Burney was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Canterbury for Labor from 2003 to 2016. She was the New South Wales Deputy Leader of the Opposition and was also Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. In the Keneally ministry, she was the Minister for the State Plan and Minister for Community Services. During 2008 and 2009, Burney was National President of the Labor Party.

Burney was the first person who identifies as Aboriginal to serve in the New South Wales Parliament in 2003, and also the first Aboriginal identifying woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 2016.

After the election of a federal Labor government in the 2022 election on 21 May 2022, Burney was appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Early life and education[edit]

Burney was born on 25 April 1957 in Whitton,[2] a small town in south-west New South Wales near Leeton, and grew up there. She is of Wiradjuri and Scottish descent.[3] She said in her inaugural speech to NSW Parliament that she did not grow up knowing her Aboriginal family, and only met her father, Nonny Ingram, in 1984. She subsequently met ten brothers and sisters. She was raised by her elderly aunt and uncle, siblings Nina and Billy Laing, who "gave [her] the ground on which [she] stood" and taught her "the values of honesty, loyalty and respect".[4]

Burney attended the local primary school in Whitton. She did her first four years of secondary school at Leeton High School and final two at Penrith High School.[5]

She was one of the first Aboriginal students to graduate from the Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now known as Charles Sturt University),[6] where she obtained a Diploma of Teaching in 1978. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Charles Sturt University in 2002.[2]

Career in education[edit]

Burney began her career teaching at Lethbridge Park public school in western Sydney from 1979[7] to 1981, after which she worked at the Aboriginal Education Unit (Policy) of the NSW Department of Education from 1981 to 1983.[2]

She was involved in the New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSW AECG) from the 1983 to 1998,[2] participating in the development and implementation of the first Aboriginal education policy in Australia.[7] She became president of AECG in 1988.[2]

Aboriginal Affairs[edit]

In 1998 Burney was appointed deputy director general of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (NSW), and assumed the role of director general from 2000 to 2003.[2]

Political career[edit]

Labor Party involvement[edit]

Burney is a member of Labor Left.[8] In 2006 she was elected National Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party,[5] and during 2008 and 2009 served as National President.[9]

NSW state parliament[edit]

When Burney was elected as the Member for Canterbury in 2003, she became the first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW Parliament.[10] In her inaugural speech to the Legislative Assembly she said:

I am a member of the mighty Wiradjuri Aboriginal nation […] Growing up as an Aboriginal child looking into the mirror of our country was difficult and alienating. Your reflection in the mirror was at best ugly and distorted, and at worst nonexistent.[4]

Burney was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Training in 2005. Following the 2007 election Burney became Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Youth, and Minister for Volunteering. In September 2008, she was promoted to Minister for Community Services, and in December 2009 she was appointed Minister for the State Plan.[11]

Burney's appointment as Minister for Community Services was two months prior to the handing down of the report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services by retired Supreme Court Justice James Wood in November 2008.[12] She was the lead minister in a whole of government reform plan, "Keep Them Safe", that commenced implementing the recommendations of the inquiry.[13]

As Minister, Burney was the inaugural patron of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award, a major NSW Government supported initiative.[14]

Burney held the community services and state plan portfolios until ALP's defeat at the 2011 state election. Following the election, Burney was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition after former Deputy Premier Carmel Tebbutt chose not to stand for the position. She also became the Shadow Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast and the Hunter and Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation.[11]

On 23 December 2014, as deputy leader, Burney became the interim leader of the opposition after the resignation of John Robertson,[15] and was then re-elected as deputy leader to Luke Foley.[11]

Burney was also the Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs until her resignation from state parliament.[11]

Federal parliament[edit]

On 1 March 2016, Burney announced she would stand for preselection to contest the federal seat of Barton at the forthcoming 2016 federal election.[16] She was confirmed as the Labor candidate following a vote by the ALP's national executive.[17] She submitted her resignation to the Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly on 6 May 2016, and was succeeded as the state member for Canterbury by Sophie Cotsis following a by-election held on 12 November 2016.[18]

Burney became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the federal House of Representatives.[19]

Burney retained the seat of Barton for the ALP at the election, becoming the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives and the second Indigenous person elected to the House after Ken Wyatt in 2010.[20] On 22 July, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Human Services.[21] On 28 June 2018, she added Preventing Family Violence to her portfolio responsibilities and on 22 August 2018, became Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.[22]

Burney was re-elected at the 2019 federal election with an increased majority. After the election she retained the families and social services portfolio in Anthony Albanese's shadow ministry and was additionally made Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians in place of Patrick Dodson.[2]

Since the election of a federal Labor government in the 2022 Australian election on 21 May 2022, with Anthony Albanese as prime minister of Australia, Burney was appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians,[23] sworn in on 1 June 2022.[24]

Committee service[edit]

Other roles[edit]

Burney has held senior positions in the non-government sector, serving on a number of boards including SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and the NSW Board of Studies. Burney 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.[25]

In 1996, she delivered the Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture at the University of New England, on the topic of "Education and Social Justice".[5]

In 2006, Burney gave the seventh Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture,[10] and in 2008 gave the sixth Henry Parkes Oration.[26]

As part of the 2012 Sydney Festival, Burney performed as herself delivering her inaugural speech to the NSW Parliament in a theatrical production called I am Eora.[27]

She gave the Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration at the Don Dunstan Foundation in Adelaide on 31 May 2022, in which she spoke about the Albanese government's commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.[24]

Recognition[edit]

Burney's achievements have been recognised with the following honours and awards:[2]

Personal life[edit]

Burney has a son and a daughter. Her partner for a number of years, until his death in 2006, was Rick Farley. Her son, Binni, died suddenly on 24 October 2017.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clun, Rachel (23 May 2022). "'This will change Australia': Linda Burney says Labor committed to Indigenous Voice". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Hon Linda Burney MP". Australian Parliament House. Canberra ACT, Australia. Archived from the original on 18 September 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Making a Mark". Message Stick. ABC. 12 September 2003. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Inaugural Speeches". Legislative Assembly Hansard – 06 May 2003. Parliament of New South Wales. 6 May 2003. Archived from the original on 18 September 2023. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "1996 Linda Burney: 1996 Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture". University of New England (Australia). 25 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2022. Transcript
  6. ^ "About Linda". Linda Burney MP. Retrieved 30 November 2022.[user-generated source]
  7. ^ a b "Burney, Linda Jean (c. 1957 – )". Australian Women. Retrieved 26 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Labor's new-look shadow ministry". SBS News. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  9. ^ "New ALP president spells out her agenda". The Age. Australia. AAP. 28 January 2009.
  10. ^ a b Browning, Daniel (12 January 2007). "7th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture: Linda Burney MP" (streaming audio). AWAYE!. Australia: ABC Radio National. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d "The Hon. Linda Jean BURNEY, HonDEd, DipEd (1957 - )". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection in NSW". NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  13. ^ "Keep Them Safe". NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  14. ^ "Past Awards: Inaugural NSW Volunteer of the Year Award". The Centre for Volunteering. 2007. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  15. ^ "John Robertson stands down as NSW Opposition Leader following leadership speculation". ABC News. Australia. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  16. ^ Kennedy, Jean; Tarasov, Anne (1 March 2016). "NSW Labor MP Linda Burney hopes to become first Indigenous woman in House of Representatives". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  17. ^ Keany, Francis (11 March 2016). "Federal Government prepares for MP in its most marginal seat to quit Parliament". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  18. ^ Green, Antony (26 November 2016). "Results - Canterbury by-election 2016". NSW Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 18 September 2023. Retrieved 18 September 2023 – via ABC News.
  19. ^ "Aboriginals want more than a mention in Australia's constitution". The Economist. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  20. ^ "'I am the first!' Linda Burney proclaims history for Indigenous people, women". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  21. ^ Norman, Jane (22 July 2016). "Bill Shorten keeps Kim Carr on frontbench in shadow ministry shuffle". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  22. ^ Riordan, Primrose (22 August 2018). "Meanwhile, Labor beds down its latest lineup". The Australian. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  23. ^ Gainsford, Jim (22 May 2022). "Update: Albanese acknowledges Linda Burney as new Indigenous Affairs Minister". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  24. ^ a b Opie, Rebecca (31 May 2022). "Linda Burney calls for Peter Dutton to show his 'different side' with support for Indigenous Voice to Parliament". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  25. ^ "Linda Burney". University of Western Sydney. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2007.
  26. ^ Burney, Linda (17 October 2008). Weaving the Australian Tapestry: Creating a society 'of beauty rich and rare' from threads of harmony and contradiction (PDF) (Speech). The 6th Henry Parkes Oration. National Library of Australia, Canberra. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  27. ^ Shand, John (10 January 2012). "Review: Archetypes evoke spirit of place". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  28. ^ "Linda Burney takes leave from Federal Parliament to deal with sudden death of her son Binni". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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Geoff Scott
Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs
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