Georgia McGrath

Native Title
Summer 2017

When I first stepped out onto the Broome tarmac, I was totally overwhelmed not only by the heat but also by the terrifying feeling of being very far from home and completely out of my comfort zone. I couldn’t have imagined then that in six weeks time, I would be on that same tarmac, wishing that I didn’t have to leave.

I spent my Aurora legal internship at Kimberley Land Council (KLC) where my work was varied and engaging. The majority of my work was related to a native title case that is currently going through the Federal Court. The type of work was administrative – tasks including reviewing and organising evidence, preparing for a court appearance and and carrying out research tasks related to native title. I was also lucky enough to spend a week in court to hear concurrent anthropologic evidence.

At the KLC, there will always be something to do for those who are willing to ask. I was able to sit in on meetings of other native title claim groups and also given the chance to go out on country for a PBC meeting of an Aboriginal Corporation. The advantage of this was that I was able to see many different stages of the native title claim process in action.

KLC is a fantastic place to undertake an internship. The people are kind and very social. The work is stimulating and rewarding. Broome is also a great town with lots of character. My attitude whilst there was to say “yes” to everything and I ended up with some great friendships and a lot of stories. There are plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself professional and personally, to have an adventure and learn more about Australia.