3 of 8 indigenous women elected!

For the Australian federal election, Celeste Liddle wrote about the prospects of indigenous candidates being elected.

... there is one silver lining. This election a record number of Indigenous candidates are standing and of these 13 people, eight are women. Should six of these candidates be successful in getting elected, Australia will hit population parity rates in Parliament for Indigenous people for the first time ever. Considering that it took until just last election for the first Aboriginal woman ever to enter Parliament, eight Aboriginal women contesting seats this election is a welcome advance. Aboriginal men's voices have often been preferenced by the mainstream over the voices of Aboriginal women due to the patriarchy, and this dynamic looks set to be challenged in Parliament House.

For decades, Australian political parties have been lax in ensuring that the candidates they preselect represent the diversity of this country. When it comes to Indigenous representation, this has been a gaping chasm. This has probably been a major contributing factor to the low Indigenous voter turnout at elections, for how can Indigenous people identify with a system which does not represent them? The prospect of going from one sitting representative at the previous election to potentially hitting a number reflective of the national Indigenous population is therefore quite a remarkable feat.

In a parliament that lacks both the voices of women and the voices of Indigenous people, an increase in the number of Indigenous women on the floor would be cause to celebrate. Our political system has been stale, male and pale for too long and it's time the representatives reflected the people they represent.



Here are the election results for the female indigenous candidates referred to by Celeste Liddle on Sunday 3 July:

Likely wins

On election night, Linda Burney was declared the winner for the Labor Party of the seat of Barton in suburban Sydney.

Malarndirri McCarthy is likely winner of a Senate seat for the Labor Party in the Senate.

Jacqui Lambie is set to return as an indpendent indigenous senator for Tasmania.

Likely losses

Tammy Solonec received a swing to the Labor Party in Swan in Western Australia but lost to Steve Irons, the sitting male Liberal candidate.

Former State Labor MP Carol Martin failed in her bid to unseat Liberal MP Melissa Price in the sprawling regional seat of Durack, but secured a 5 per cent swing.

Sharlene Leroy-Dyer appears unlikely to do well on the Socialist Alliance ticket for the Senate in NSW.

Kerrynne Liddle had sixth spot on the Liberal ticket for the Senate in SA and is unlikely to get elected. Anne Ruston was the only other woman on the Liberal ticket (in third spot) and is likely re-elected.

Joanna Lindgren is the great-niece of Australia's first indigenous Senator Neville Bonner and was appointed by the Liberal Party to fill a casual vacancy before the election. Joanna may have missed out on election. Joanna was the only woman on the Liberal ticket for the Senate in Queensland and was in sixth spot.