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