Former Olympian Nova Peris has become the first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's national parliament, a welcome achievement for the centre-left Labor Party which lost power in the polls.
Australia's Nova Peris (L) takes part in the World Athletics Championships in Seville 24 August 1999. Peris has just become the first Aboriginal woman elected to parliament.
Employment and workplace relations minister Bill Shorten, who is considered the frontrunner to become Labor's next leader, said despite the loss, there had been a range of good candidates elected to serve, including Peris.
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