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The High Court Decision
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In May 1991, the High Court held its final hearing on the Mabo Case.

Bryan Keon-Cohen:
The lawyers arrived here from Melbourne and Perth. Eddie arrived by bus from Brisbane. There was no question other than we all believed we had a just cause and that we would get a reasonable hearing from the High Court.

These seven judges would consider Justice Moynihan's findings and then determine whether Murray Islanders had a customary right to the land they lived on, which Australia's common law should recognise.

The judges took many months to consider and write their judgements.
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