Cassandra Fernando becomes first woman of SL descent elected to Australian Parliament

Cassandra Fernando becomes first woman of SL descent elected to Australian Parliament

Cassandra Fernando becomes first woman of SL descent elected to Australian Parliament

Written by Amani Nilar

22 May, 2022 | 11:47 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan-born Cassandra Fernando has won a Parliamentary seat at the Australian General Election this time.

She represents the Holt constituency in Australia from the Labor Party.

Fernando has arrived in Australia with her parents in 1999, when she was 11 years old. She’s the first woman of Sri Lankan descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.

Ranj Perera, another Sri Lankan, had contested against Fernando from the Liberal Party in the same constituency.

Fernando received 57.5% of the vote, while he received 42.5%.

 

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