First Aboriginal MP in Australia wins over parliament

By Andy Rice 29 September 2010

Garth Wyatt, the first aboriginal to be elected to Australia's House of Representatives, was sworn in on Wednesday. Wyatt holds the Hasluck in Western Australia, and is a member of the Liberal Party, currently in opposition. In his first speech, he name-checked former South African president Nelson Mandela as a figure who had inspired him, and said he would use his position to continue to fight for Aboriginal rights. Wyatt received a standing ovation after the speech. Read more: Sapa-AFM via M&G