Burney, Linda Jean, (the Hon.) (1957-)

Burney, Linda Jean, (the Hon.) (1957-)
Also known as
Burney, Hon Linda (1957-)
Burney, Linda Jean (1957-)
Field of activity
Aboriginal Administrator; Educator; Current Member of the Australian Federal Parliament; MP; Member for Barton, New South Wales
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Born 25.4.1957, Whitton, NSW.

Member for Barton (NSW)

 

Ministerial Appointments:

  • State: Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for Education and Training (NSW) from 24.08.05 to 02.04.07.
  • Minister for Volunteering (NSW) from 2.4.07 to 5.9.08.
  • Minister for Youth (NSW) from 2.4.07 to 5.9.08.
  • Minister for Fair Trading (NSW) from 2.4.07 to 5.9.08.
  • Minister for Community Services (NSW) from 8.9.08 to 4.12.09 and from 8.12.09 to 28.3.11.
  • Minister for Women (NSW) from 14.9.09 to 4.12.09.
  • Minister for the State Plan (NSW) from 8.12.09 to 28.3.11.

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A successful Aboriginal bureaucrat and activist, Linda Burney became the first Aboriginal person elected to the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament in 2003, and only the fourth Aboriginal woman elected anywhere in Australia.

Linda Jean Burney, of Wiradjuri descent, grew up in Whitton, a small farming community near Leeton. One of the 'Stolen Generation' of Aboriginal children, she first met her father when she was 28 years old.

Burney obtained her Diploma of Teaching from the then Mitchell College of Advanced Education. In 1979 she began teaching at Lethbridge Park public school in western Sydney. In the mid-1980s she became involved in the New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and helped set up the national body, the Australian federation of AECGs, in 1990-91. She was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the first Aboriginal education policy in Australia for the state's education department.

In the early 1990s Burney was, concurrently, president of the national body of AECGs, and chair of the New South Wales National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy Coordinating Committee. Her priorities have been early childhood education, mandatory Aboriginal studies in all schools, and the eradication of racism in education.

She has been a Member of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission National Social Justice Taskforce and an Executive Member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Since her election for Canterbury 2003 she has been a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Children and Young People 2003-04 and the Legislation Review Committee 2004.

She has two children, son Binni and daughter Willuri.

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Australian Parliamentary Library

  1. Linda Burney
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Australian Women's Register

  1. Burney, Linda Jean
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Keynote address: Finding the Ground Rules
    Burney, Linda
    [Leichardt, NSW]
    Published: Aboriginal Studies Association
    Series: IspartOf Education for the future: Collected papers of the 9th annual Aboriginal Studies Assocation ConferenceRhonda Craven
  4. Not just a challenge, an opportunity
    Burney, Linda
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Bookman Press
    Series: IspartOf Reconciliation: essays on Australian reconciliationMichelle Grattan
  5. Linda Burney: an interview
    D'Souza, Carl
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf Indigenous Law Bulletin
  6. Putting Skirts on the Sacred Benches: Women Candidates for the New South Wales Parliament
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2006]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  7. The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture
    Horton, David
    [Canberra]
    Published: Aboriginal Studies Press for AIATSIS

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