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The Aboriginal connection to land is a deep, spiritual one that is often misunderstood by western audiences. This issue of interpretation is highlighted in Aboriginal legal claims to land (Native Title) in the Federal Court, where oral testimony is crucial to a successful claim. This paper discusses the problems of interpretation that arise during Native Title claims, with specific reference to the role of interpreters themselves.

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This work provides a concise summary of a major legal issue facing Aboriginal Australians. It identifies a large distinction between cultures, and demonstrates one way that such a difference plays out in reality.

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This page is a summary of: Un-translatable? Interpreting customary laws in a western courtroom, Alternative Law Journal, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1037969x18822552.
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