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First Australian of Black African descent sworn into parliament

Lucy Gichuhi is sworn in to the Senate

A Kenyan-born migrant unexpectedly catapulted into Australian parliament has been sworn in as the first person of black African descent to hold the role.

Lucy Gichuhi takes the Senate seat of Bob Day but it'll be as an independent.

Senator Gichuhi was welcomed into political life with well wishes from all sides, including a kiss from Pauline Hanson.

Born 54 years ago in Kenya, one of ten children, and often attending school lessons sitting under a tree, Lucy Gichuhi found her voice through religion migrating to Australia 19 years ago with her husband and their three toddlers.

Senator Gichuhi started in law but discovered a taste for politics as an intern in Bob Day's office, with the Family First party.

She ran second on its South Australian ticket last year, knowing her chances were slim.

Then, last month, Bob Day's election was ruled invalid by the High Court.

In an unexpected promotion, that opened up a spot for Lucy Gichuhi.

But after Family First merged with Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives - she decided to go it alone.

Despite repeated requests, the new Senator wouldn't speak to SBS News today but past comments show her devout Christian beliefs will take centre stage in her political life.

"Australia was started as a Christian nation, we have to reconnect with the vision that our founding fathers had many years ago when they put that preamble in the Constitution."

A statement today said she was honoured and humbled to be sworn in as the first ever person of Black African descent in the Australian Parliament.

Australia's Kenyan community is thrilled at her appointment.

Geoffrey Baraka is with the Kenyan Association of South Australia.

She is an inspiration, talk about Barack Obama becoming president of the United States. Proof that Australia is for all, that Australia will give you a chance if you look for it and Australia is fair for all.

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