Australia’s first Aboriginal woman elected to Victorian parliament!!

On November 18, 2017, Lidia Thorpe became the first Aboriginal woman ever to be elected to parliament in Victoria. Australia’s newest Green MP for Northcote was elected during recent by-elections, which resulted in a significant swing (11%) from a formerly Labor government.

Her election campaign involved grassroots engagement, ranging from door-to-door and phone canvassing, to meeting people in community spaces and events. A business woman, mother, and grassroots activist with a long history of community campaigning, starting with a successful bid to stop the Eastern Gas Pipeline being built across the gorge near the Aboriginal community of Lake Tyers, in Ms. Thorpe’s own words: “I want to be a person who is connected to their electorate, from the grassroots level, and ensure that the people of Northcote are heard in parliament about what matters to us as a community”.

She is dedicated to addressing issues including the environment, Aboriginal peoples’ rights, social housing, education, and public transportation. Congratulations to Ms. Thorpe from Greens women worldwide!

 

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