Linda Burney’s son found dead

Linda Burney’s son found dead

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

Labor backbencher Linda Burney, has taken leave from Parliament after the sudden death of her son.

Binni Kirkbright-Burney, 33, was found dead in the family’s Sydney home Tuesday night.

The 33 year-old had suffered with mental illness and addiction, Ms Burney said in a statement. However, NSW Police have advised there were so suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

She said it was a “dire, grief-stricken time”.

“He is a caring and loving man. He has struggled with mental health and with addiction. He tried so hard to conquer his demons, as I and my family have tried so hard to support him in every way we could,” Ms Burney said.

“I don’t know what life will be like without him.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten extended his condolences to Ms Burney and her family on Wednesday morning.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like as a parent to lose your child. I know how much her son loved Linda and how much Linda loved her son,” Mr Shorten said.

In her first speech to the House of Representatives last year, Ms Burney said her pride and love for her son Binni and daughter Willurai was “more than all the stars in the sky.”

Ms Burney entered federal politics following 13 years in NSW Parliament, where she became deputy leader of the Labor Party, and is now the opposition’s human services spokeswoman.

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