Even now I can’t believe how quickly my Aurora Project internship with the Law and Justice Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) passed. Time flies when you are having fun – and also when you’re busy – two things I happened to be during my internship.
I first discovered the Aurora Project whilst I was studying for my final semester of a Bachelor of
Over November and December 2012, I volunteered as an Aurora intern as part of the Aurora Internship Program in the Civil section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) in Darwin.
As I was looking in an Indigenous artwork shop in Oenpelli, a remote town in the Northern Territory, one of the lawyers frantically ran in. ‘Andrew, we need to leave, right now!’. ‘Why?’ I asked.
The ‘Build Up’, the most humid and hottest period of the year in Darwin, set the scene for what was to become one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Ten minutes into my Aurora internship at NAAJA (the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency) and I was pacing down the main street in Darwin towards the Supreme Court.
Don’t let the fact that it’s in Australia fool you; I got culture shock when I stepped out of Darwin Airport into a dry 33 degrees, after leaving Canberra in subzero temperatures.
Justice statistics in the Northern Territory are startling. There is a vast discrepancy between the number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people serving custodial sentences.
I started out at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in late November as part of the Aurora Native Title Internship Program. I had just finished two weeks of exams and had immediately packed my bags and flown to Darwin.
I swapped the cold of a South Australian winter for a four-week Aurora internship via the Aurora Native Title Internship Program, in sunny Darwin at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), the largest legal aid service in the Northern Territory.