A strong sense of change is in the air around Melbourne this week after Lidia Thorpe became the very first Aboriginal person to be elected into Victorian state parliament.
History was made last night after Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, Lidia Thorpe, took out the Northcote by-election in Melbourne. This seat of Northcote had been held by Labor for over 90 years. Lidia is part of the Greens party and says that her views align with those of the greens. Views such as environmental protection were very much at the forefront of her election campaign.
It is exciting to note that Lidia is a grassroots woman with strong connections to many Indigenous voices in the Melbourne region. We will all be watching and waiting to see what kind of impact she will have on the Victorian parliament that has not had a single Aboriginal voice for over 150 years.