Linda Burney being cheered by her colleagues
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Aboriginal MP Linda Burney makes landmark speech

Australia's first female Aboriginal MP has given her maiden speech in the House of Representatives and spoken about the discrimination she suffered as a child.

Labor MP Linda Burney, who will represent the New South Wales seat of Barton, said she was not a registered citizen until she was 10.

At the time, she said, Australia knew how many sheep it had, but not how many Aboriginal people.