This post deals with domestic violence and might be triggering for some readers.
In 2022, Indigenous women are making noise in parliament.
As a result of this year's federal election, we saw not only a "teal wave" of independents championing climate change, but we've also seen a "Black wave" of incredible First Nations leaders championing causes close to them and their communities.
Australians voted in four new Indigenous representatives, including Federal Labor Senator for Victoria, Jana Stewart, Northern Territory's Member for Lingiari, Labor's Marion Scrymgour, and Labor MP for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid. In the Senate, NT Country Liberal's Jacinta Nampijinpa Price also won a seat.
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Returning, are Labor senators Pat Dodson from Western Australia, Malarndirri McCarthy from the NT and Linda Burney from New South Wales. Independent senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie, Greens senators Dorinda Cox from WA and Lidia Thorpe from Victoria also kept their spots in the Senate.
As Australia celebrates NAIDOC Week, we look back at the stories behind four of the women elected and re-elected, to find out what made them want to pursue politics and some of the key issues they will each be championing this year.
Jana Stewart is a proud Mutthi Mutthi and Wamba Wamba woman and mother.
Jana says she's never been afraid to stand up for others - from a twelve-year-old girl shielding her younger siblings from family violence and drug abuse, through to her work with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and the Child Protection System - and now to the steps of parliament.
She was the first in her family to attend university and was also a leading figure in the development of the Victorian Stolen Generations reparations package. She is now the youngest Aboriginal woman to serve in the federal parliament.