This edition of Indigenous Intern
News looks at the experiences of Suzie, Mikaela and Kat over the last two
I attended the Paris Agreement:
Implications for Australian Lawyers along with my fellow intern Mikaela French.
The seminar was presented by the Environmental Defenders Office and was held at
Banco Court, with a distinguished guest speaker list which included The Hon
Justice Alan Wilson SC, The Hon Justice Brian Preston SC and Dr Justine
Bell-James. This was an informative presentation outlining the possible
repercussions Australian lawyers might face in light of the Paris Agreement,
which took effect on 4 November 2016 and was ratified by the Turnbull
Government on 10 November 2016. Possible implications Australian lawyers might
face include advising their clients on how to be informed and respond to
climate change risks, and to understand the significant impact climate change
will have on governments and the private sector.
Another highlight was the Logan
City Council launching an Indigenous Internship program in partnership with
Gadens. I was fortunate to be the first recipient and will be interning in the
Corporate Property Division. I hope to achieve real world experience in the
public sector whilst learning and understanding the operations and functions of
local government. As a Logan resident for over 20 years, I'm honoured and
excited to begin this next chapter in my career.
Over the summer holidays, Kathryn and I attended the annual
Career Tracker Leadership Development Institute, along with 560 other interns
throughout Australia. This national event was held in Sydney, where we
participated in workshops, networked with professionals and attended the Gala
Dinner on our final evening. Kathryn and I had the opportunity to meet staff
from Gadens and Dentons at the dinner and share our experiences.
In addition, the Queensland Law Society hosted a Lawlink event supported by the
Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland. This event allowed Indigenous
students to meet the current President of the Queensland Law Society and
network with legal professionals and students from other Universities.
The Honourable Justice Philippides
has shown her support time and time again for the CareerTrackers program. Over
the last couple of weeks, she has provided tickets for multiple events for the
Justice Philippides provided
tickets to Indigenous Law students to attend the Eighth Blackbird concert at
the Conservatorium Theatre in South Bank. Suzie and I attended, along with our
CareerTrackers advisors, and sincerely enjoyed the concert. Neither of us was
familiar with chamber music; however, we were enriched by the experience
nonetheless. During the interval and after the show, we had the opportunity to
network with members of Musica Viva, one of the composers and members of the
Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland.
Another experience afforded to the
interns by Justice Philippides was the opportunity to attend a screening of the
new film Zach’s Ceremony. Suzie and I
once again attended with other interns and were able to network with producers
of the film, Zach himself, and Justice Philippides. I would strongly recommend
that everyone watch the film. Zach’s Ceremony explores the notion of growing up
Indigenous in Australia, its implications – particularly in the twenty-first
century - and promotes the beauty of Aboriginal culture and traditional
ceremonies. It was an incredible film and there were no dry eyes in the room!