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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Nicole Watson Interviewed by Peter Read and Jackie Huggins in 2001
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'Nicole Watson, daughter of Aboriginal rights activist Sam Watson, speaks of growing up in Caboolture, Qld. [late 1970's- ]; her unconventional childhood, a big extended family with numerous political visitors; of her father's role as a Black Panther (ie Aboriginal political movement) from the late 1960s onwards; what benefits Aboriginals have gained from the Movement's struggles; talks of racism in Caboolture; feeling isolated being the only Murri (Australian Aboriginal) at a school she viewed to be racist. She credits her mother, a Disability worker with providing stability in the family life. Watson majored in environmental resources law from the University of Queensland; talks about her work for Native Title, work as Associate for Queensland Court of Appeals President (Tony Fitzgerald) after years as a Law Clerk, then a couple of years at Legal Aid.

'Watson speaks of the pitfalls of working for the Native Title Tribunal for whom she worked for 12 months; cultural difficulties faced by Aboriginals when working within the Federal justice system for determining land rights & family law matters; cites Olney & Yorta Yorta claims case, Hindmarsh Island case, TSI heritage Protection Act case as examples; work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), providing advice on Native title policy & law; secondment to Queensland Premiers Dept. working at Cape York Justice especially in areas of domestic violence; her support for Community Justice Programs. Watson speaks of future plans with a view to improving practices in the legal system for native title & family law; her further involvement in Community Arts Gallery.' (Interview summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: National Library of Australia , 2001 .
      Extent: 156 minp.
      Note/s:
      • Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 85 leaves)

      Series: Seven Years On : Continuing Life Histories of Aboriginal Leaders Oral History Project National Library of Australia (publisher), 1995 series - publisher interview 'A set of interviews with established or emerging leaders in the Australian Aboriginal community to initially discuss their background, current work, personal views on how and why Aboriginal affairs have changed in their lifetime, and future changes needed or expected. A series of follow-up interviews will be held at intervals of seven years to discuss changes in Aboriginal affairs in the intervening period, the impact of these changes personally and professsionally, how their views may have changed, and their expectations for the future.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 13/12/2007).
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