Hon Linda Burney MP
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, Member for Barton
Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as the Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services. She has since been appointed Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians. As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years. She began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002. Linda has a long held commitment to the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publicly her personal experience with it. Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.
Former Board Member and Chair of Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group, Seniors Rights Service
Maureen has wide experience working in the private sector, trade unions, and in State and Commonwealth public services. She was a councillor with Parramatta City Council for 17 years, including terms as Deputy Lord Mayor. She is a long time member and delegate to many organisations including Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, University of Western Sydney Regional Council, and NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network. Maureen’s experience is in policy determination, overseeing budgets, liaising with State & Federal Departments & Parliaments, community based organisations and individuals especially on local government, immigration, Aboriginal access & earlier State based taxation issues.
Dr Elizabeth McEntyre
Criminologist, mental health and disability social worker in criminal justice
Elizabeth is a Worimi and Wonnarua woman through bloodlines and her Country spans Port Stephens, Great Myall Lakes, Barrington tops and the Hunter Valley of NSW. She is an accredited mental health social worker, the Aboriginal Official Visitor of prisons state-wide with the NSW Inspector of Custodial Services, and a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal conducting civil and forensic hearings. Elizabeth’s research focussed on the lived realities of Australian Indigenous women with mental and cognitive disability in criminal justice systems. In addition to this work, Elizabeth guides a number of professional associations, service providers and consultative groups including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Seniors Rights Service in NSW, the University of NSW Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program and the joint project between Griffith University and Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation Synapse to assess the needs of Indigenous prisoners with cognitive impairments and related disabilities. Elizabeth is associated with the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between the Walgett Dharriwaa Elders Group and the University of NSW and serves as a Board member for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council.