Linda Burney first Aboriginal woman in House of Reps
THE first indigenous woman voted into the House of Representatives, Linda Burney, has played down suggestions a hung parliament would paralyse the country.
The former New South Wales Labor deputy leader told ABC the biggest issue of the Federal Election was Medicare, adding that policy could still be passed if the next government was willing to negotiate with crossbenchers.
"Look, I'm not worried about a hung parliament," she said.
"A hung parliament is not a new experience at the state or federal level.
"And we know that in the last hung parliament in the federal sphere, legislation still went through
"It went through (and was) enormously successful.
"A hung parliament requires good negotiation; it means good relationships with the crossbenchers.
"And it does not mean paralysis, at all."
Ms Burney was the first Aboriginal person in NSW Parliament before shifting to the federal sphere ahead of Saturday's election.
She said she felt humbled by the people of Barton who voted for her.
"People just saw in me, I think, someone that would work hard, someone that they could trust, but also the first indigenous woman into the House of Representatives," she said.
"Every time I walked into a room or a community group, it was just spontaneous applause when that was mentioned.
"I feel quite emotional this morning, just to say thank you to Barton."