...Have come to exist from the soil...
'Everybody on this island knows, that Dave, Koiki and James have come to exist in this community, in this life, from the soil, which they are claiming today. Any Murray Islander would say the same thing. And nobody is going to take that belief off anyone who claims that he owns the land. No one's going to do that. No politicians, no lawyers, nobody.'
Keywords: Day, Ron, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, ownership, Passi, Reverend Dave, Rice, James, witnesses
Ron Day, Chairman of Murray Island, interviewed by Trevor Graham, 1989.
Author: Kenna, Jonathan
© Yarra Bank Films P/L
Source: Day, Ron