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Aborigine poised to win House poll

An Aboriginal man appears set for victory in his quest to become the first indigenous person to win a seat in Australia's House of Representatives.

Ken Wyatt of the conservative Liberal Party held a thin lead in the Western Australia seat of Hasluck on Monday with 93% of the votes counted.

His rival Sharryn Jackson from the Labor Party is unlikely to catch up.

Australia has elected only two other Aborigines to federal Parliament, both in the Senate.

Neville Bonner served in the Senate from 1971 to 1983, and Aden Ridgeway served from 1999 to 2005.

Mr Wyatt is a former primary school teacher and previously served as director of the Office of Aboriginal Health in Western Australia.


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