Jul 22, 2022
Senator Lidia Thorpe, the first
Aboriginal Australian to represent Victoria in the
federal Senate, spoke with Lawyers Weekly during the recent
Reconciliation Week about what broader Australia can learn from
Indigenous legal principles and how existing laws and legislative
processes can be alienating for First Nations people.
On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy speaks with Senator Thorpe, a DjabWurrung, Gunnai, and Gunditjmara woman representing the Greens in the Federal Parliament, about her personal and political interest in the Indigenous experience in Australia’s legal system, what drives her to advocate for change, and her perception of why there are fewer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers in Australia relative to their numbers across the national population.
Senator Thorpe also details how she feels existing laws and processes can be alienating for First Nations people and what impact this can have, the importance of self-determination and whether it can be attained in the near future, the benefits of Indigenous legal principles and how they can be applied in modern Australia, and how best lawyers of all stripes can use their professional standing to push for and enact societal change.
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