Northcote byelection: Greens’ Lidia Thorpe takes Melbourne seat from Labor
The Greens made a big step forward in the inner city of Melbourne on Saturday night, with Lidia Thorpe winning the byelection in the state Labor seat of Northcote, with a swing of over 11%.
Thorpe, who defeated Labor’s Clare Burns in a seat the party had held for 90 years, is the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the Victorian parliament. “We said we’d make history, and we did,” Thorpe told jubilant supporters.
“To be the first Aboriginal woman in the Victorian parliament … I feel so privileged and honoured to have made that, made that history.”