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Tragedy & Victory
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Narration:
Tragically, in November 1991, the leading plaintiff, Eddie Mabo, was diagnosed with cancer. He was rushed to Brisbane hospital for radium treatment. The cancer was spreading rapidly. The case he'd led for ten years was still pending in the High Court.

On June 3rd, 1992, only five months after Mabo's death, the High Court delivered its historic judgement on the Mabo Case.


TV Reporter:
Today in Canberra, the high court ruled that residents of the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait owned customary title of their land...


TV Reporter:
Australia has recognised the legal existence of Aborigines... the case is a moral victory as well as having great significance for land rights.


TV Reporter:
This is the most important court decision in the 200 years history of white occupation in this country...


Aboriginal demonstrator:
Victory.


Narrator:
The High Court decided that it didn't need to rule on the validity of Eddie Mabo's claims to particular bits of land on Mer. The real issues, it declared, were these: did the community of Murray Island have a system of land ownership which pre-dated white conquest? And if so, was that system still valid?

The Court answered yes to both questions.

Still more controversial was the Court's decision the principles applied in the Mabo case could establish native title on the mainland, too.

In response the Australian government in 1993 introduced national Native Title legislation, establishing a specialist tribunal to settle indigenous land claims throughout Australia.
Ancient & Modern Ways
Topic
 
Great Barrier Reef, Mer, Murray Island, native title, reef, sea claims, sea rights, Subkaur Island
Benny & Maiga's Son
Topic
Jan, 2, 1992
Brisbane, cancer, death, diaries, inheritance, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga
Buried In Townsville
Topic
Feb, 1, 1992
burial, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Townsville
High Court Victory
Topic
Jun, 3, 1992
Australia, Canberra, death, High Court judgement, High Court of Australia, High Court victory, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
Legislation In Australia After Mabo
Topic
1990s
indigenous people, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, political reaction
The Native Title Act
Topic
Oct, 1, 1992
1967 referendum, Court, Richard, Keating, Paul, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, National Farmer's Federation, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, politics
Native Title After The Murray Islands
Topic
1990s
aboriginal law, Mabo judgement, Native Title Act (1993), sovereignty
Native Title & Sovereignty
Topic
 
indigenous people, native title, sovereignty
An Expression Of Sovereignty
Topic
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, native title, self determination, self-government, sovereignty
Land Rights Stalled
Topic
1980s
land rights, Mabo judgement
Extinguishment Of Native Title
Topic
 
Brennan, Chief Justice Gerard, claim, crown land, extinguishment, native title, plaintiffs, Radical Title, Supreme Court USA
In The High Court For The Last Time
Topic
1991
High Court of Australia, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.2
The High Court Decides!
Topic
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, Mabo v Queensland No.2
Eddie Mabo - Linchpin
Topic
1986-89
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
Implications Of Mabo
Topic
 
Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, pastoral industry, political reaction
Speaking In A Whisper
Topic
1991
cancer, death, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
Britain's Acquisition Of Sovereignty
Topic
1879
Britain, colonisation, Mabo Case, Mer, plaintiffs, sovereignty
Pre-Existing Land Rights
Topic
 
land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Government
Topic
 
Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
The Doctrine Of Tenures Reconsidered
Topic
 
crown land, doctrine of tenure, land rights, Mabo judgement
The High Court Decision
Topic
Jun, 3, 1992
Mabo judgement, Mabo v Queensland No.2, native title
The Mabo Case
Topic
1982-1992
High Court of Australia, International law, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, terra nullius
X-Rays
Topic
1991
cancer, Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992