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LIV lends helping hand

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Cite as: (2009) 83(03) LIJ, p.15


Darren Peter Parker is the recipient of the 2009 LIV Indigenous bursary.

The $6280 bursary finances practical legal training at the Victorian College of Law for a postgraduate Indigenous law student.

The annual award was developed to mark the federal government’s 2008 apology for past injustices to Indigenous Australians, and is on offer for a graduate who, despite facing demonstrable financial, social or family hardship, has made a valuable contribution to the community.

Mr Parker, 35, graduated from Melbourne University last year and intends to work towards improving Indigenous participation rates within the tertiary education system.

“This belief has been further galvanised through my legal studies and community engagement,” he said.

During his university days, Mr Parker was vice-president of Tawirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria.

Before his return to Melbourne last month, Mr Parker was working as a graduate clerk for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

Last year’s inaugural bursary was presented to Sharon Barnes who took a decade to complete her law degree studying both part and full-time and hoped her perseverance would serve as an example to others experiencing hardship.

LIV president Danny Barlow said the LIV was always looking for practical ways to help increase the participation rate of Indigenous Australians in the Victorian legal system.

“I wish Darren well and if this one small thing helps towards aiding overall participation, then that is a good thing,” Mr Barlow said.

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