My goal is to make a difference to the lives of Traditional Owners
As a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman my passion was to work in native title and cultural heritage. My goal is to make a difference to the lives of Traditional Owners. I’m working at addressing the injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal people in the past and today.
I was awarded the Robert Riley Law Scholarship for the duration of my studies and was also supported by the National Indigenous Cadetship program. After graduating in 2006, I became a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007.
In 2010 I achieved one of the highlights of my career to date; the determination of native title for the traditional lands of the Jirrbal People in and around Ravenshoe in Queensland. I never thought I could do anything like this. No one else in my family went to university.
It was hard work, at times I felt I couldn’t go on but for my passion and determination and the strength and support of my family. A law degree offers so much more than the ability to become a legal practitioner. With a law degree comes opportunities to enter into policy development, education, management and so on.
All it requires is your determination, focus and commitment and a heck of a lot of resilience.