Q&A: Professor Mick Dodson

Professor Mick Dodson is retiring after almost two decades as Director of the National Centre of Indigenous Studies at ANU. Throughout his career, he has been a prominent advocate for land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He spoke with Ross Peake.

What was your first job after graduating from Monash University?

I joined the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, first as an articled clerk and later as a solicitor. Later I was admitted to the Melbourne Bar as a practising barrister. Then I went to the Northern Land Council as senior legal adviser. I became CEO later and was there for 10 years, including a break to work as Counsel Assisting at the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.