A NEW TRUST aimed at lifting Aboriginal numbers at the Bar should be able to chip away at the “traditional mistrust” that Aboriginal people have for non-traditional law, according to the New South Wales Bar Association.
The establishment of the Association’s Indigenous Barristers Trust in December last year was a “significant milestone” that will enrich the culture at the Bar, senior vice president of the Association, Michael Slattery QC, told an audience of barristers, academics and Indigenous law students at the launch of the trust last month at the University of Technology, Sydney.
The idea was almost entirely demolished in its late stages by the Australian Taxation Office’s reluctance to admit the trust was a charity. But, with a $40,000 donation by 25 new senior counsel for 2004, the trust has now become a reality.
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