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Words, David Allinson

In reflecting on my third week at MG Corporation the thing that has surprised me most is the non-work-related considerations that produce 90% of the work we do. When doing the day-to-day legal work of the Corporation, the main consideration is often how the MG community will perceive the effects of that work. In a way, this internal marketing exercise forms the background of the commercial realities of working for MG Corporation. In terms of the actual work I’ve been doing, I’ve been writing letters, reading agreements, and was given the responsibility of preparing papers to brief the newly elected board of directors of their legal duties. I was worried that the PTSD from my Corporations Law classes would wrack me with terror at the task, but it was an enjoyable and practical job that helped me to apply some my theoretical knowledge to a really practical situation. I’m also surprised at how much law-related work I’m doing. I have had only one menial task all month. The rest has been complex, high-level legal reasoning. Single pieces of advice had required me to draw on my knowledge of criminal law, corporations law, administrative law, trusts, and property all in one. It’s been incredible learning experience.

Western Australia

Western AustraliaOn Wednesdays I have also been volunteering for the local Soberup Shelter, and their night patrol bus. This service ferries people around town to avoid drink-driving and other related issues. The shelter is equipped to sleep 24 people and is a safe place to get some food, a clean bed, and to sober up. The staff are a really friendly mob of awesome people who work really hard for their community. It’s been wonderful to be allowed to help out the community in this way.

I’ve also have had some fun when, last weekend, I went out on the Ord River. The sun was incredibly hot — stepping on bare metal without shoes caused more than the occasional yelp (never from me, though, who stood silent and stoic). I climbed up a nearby cliff that dropped straight into the river below. It was a delightful place to swim, and cool off, on a hot day, and the local ‘salties’ (saltwater crocodiles) were kind enough to look elsewhere for snacks that day. I can’t imagine I’d taste very nice anyway, given the near-lethal doses of caffeine that has formed the basis of my diet since we got a Nespresso machine in the office. That aside, Kununurra is generally a very welcoming town; everyone has been so generous and hospitable, and I’ve enjoyed more than a few dinners in people’s homes. They’ve been so welcoming. I am very grateful for the time I’ve had so far as I begin my final week in Kununurra.

You can read part four here.

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