On 20 October 2017, Hon Linda Burney MP, the first aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, shared her experience at the Old Parliament House.
Ms Burney began her speech by explaining to us of the significance of ‘Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country’, a tradition that spans over thousands years and a show of respect for the traditional owners of the land.
Ms Burney spoke passionately about her role as MP. For Ms Burney, the theatrics that we see in Question Time was no more than theatre and her real interests lay in representing the members of her electorate. She sees herself as no different to any other person in public with the usual challenges of day to day life.
Ms Burney spoke passionately about kindness and compassion towards those less fortunate. She spoke against demonising those on social security benefits and encouraged understanding that we are alike in terms of our needs as individuals.
WLA ACT would like to extend a warm thank you to Ms Burney for taking the time to share her experience and her insights.
We thank Maddocks for sponsoring this mentor breakfast with Ms Burney and their ongoing support of WLA ACT.