STATEMENT ON LINDA BURNEY

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Linda Burney will be a tremendous candidate for the Australian Labor Party in the seat of Barton.

Thirteen years as the Member for Canterbury, four years as a Cabinet Minister and five years as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Linda has proven to be a politician of great passion.

Linda drove the NSW Labor Government’s response to Justice James Wood’s special commission of inquiry into child protection—helping the most vulnerable children in our community.

Linda also served as the state’s first coordinating Minister for Human Services encompassing community services, housing, ageing, disability and home care, juvenile justice and Aboriginal Affairs.

Following the 2011 election, Linda’s loyal and dedicated service as Deputy Leader during a very difficult period in Opposition is testament to her character and commitment to the Labor movement.

Linda is tenacious in the chamber but it’s her warm heart and dedication to reforming social services that will be remembered.

As the first Indigenous representative elected to the NSW Parliament, Linda has been an advocate for Aboriginal affairs and a champion of equality for all Australians.

Linda will make a fine contribution to Federal Labor and her experience will no doubt be a wonderful asset for Bill Shorten and his team.

Linda has stepped down as Labor’s Deputy Leader. The State Parliamentary Labor Party will elect a new Deputy Leader next week.