Elected in 1980, Ernie Bridge was the first Aboriginal member of the Western Australian Parliament. He was also the first Aboriginal member of a lower house and the first Aboriginal cabinet minister in an Australian Parliament.
Elected in 2001 to the lower house, Carol Martin was the first female Aboriginal member of the Western Australian Parliament and the first female Aboriginal member of any Australian Parliament. Both Ernie Bridge and Carol Martin represented the seat of Kimberley in the Legislative Assembly. For further information, see fact sheet – Australian political firsts by Western Australian MPs.