Gunnai Gunditjimara woman Lidia Thorpe has been preselected as the Greens candidate for the Victorian seat of Northcote and stands a good chance of taking the seat from Labor if past voting trends repeat themselves.
If elected Ms Thorpe, who is the chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee, could be the first Aboriginal woman elected to parliament in Victoria.
Ms Thorpe is running in the upcoming by-election in the inner-north Melbourne seat that was called due to the passing of MP Fiona Richardson. Although no date has been set for the bi-election, Monash University political scientist Zareh Ghazarian said some in the Greens are "quietly confident they could win this election".
Ms Thorpe said she joined the Greens because they aligned with her values as an Aboriginal woman.
“I’ve always campaigned for social justice and the environment and that comes naturally, caring for country and protecting country and I felt that it was time to take my voice somewhere else," she told NITV News.