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The Political Response
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John Hewson:
This is a day of shame for the Australian Parliament...


Paul Keating:
... a day when we recognise that indigenous Australians had a right to their own soil...


Richard Court:
We have eighty percent of Western Australia can be claimed...


Jeff Ewing:
Over seventy-five percent of the country...


Bill Hassell:
... potential to destroy our society...


Bryan Keon-Cohen:
Leading politicians made some very extreme and unjustifiable statements which seemed to have no foundation other than to whip up some anti-Mabo frenzy.

It's as if the propertied elements of this country believe the High Court was there to protect their rights and deny anyone else's ability to challenge those rights even if those rights were founded on a legal fiction called 'terra nullius'.
Desecration
Topic
Jun, 3, 1995
backlash, desecration, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, tombstone, Townsville
Native Title's Vulnerability In Australia
Topic
 
extinguishment, High Court of Australia, indigenous people, land ownership, native title, political reaction, politics, Racial Discrimination Act
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 '10 Point Plan'
Topic
1996
10 point plan, backlash, Canberra, extinguishment, High Court of Australia, Howard, John, Liberal - National Party coalition, Native Title Act (1993), Wik
Indigenous Working Group & Amendment Bill
Topic
1997
10 point plan, Australian Democrats, Australian Labor Party, backlash, coexistence, Howard, John, National Indigenous Working Group, Native Title Act (1993), Native Title Amendment Bill
The Native Title Amendment Bill
Topic
Jul, 7, 1998
10 point plan, backlash, native title, Native Title Amendment Bill, political reaction, sunset clause
Native Title After The Murray Islands
Topic
1990s
aboriginal law, Mabo judgement, Native Title Act (1993), sovereignty
Native Title & Industry
Topic
1996-1998
mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), Native Title Amendment Bill, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, Wik
Learning To Live With Native Title
Topic
 
Cowley, Camilla, De Crispegny, Robert Champion, mining, native title, Normandy Mining, pastoralism, reconciliation
The Politics Of Native Title
Topic
1992-
citizenship, equality, human rights, land rights, national identity, native title, political reaction, politics
Land Rights vs 'States' Rights'
Topic
1980-1992
land rights, States' rights, Whitlam, Gough
High Court Challenge - WA vs Commonwealth
Topic
1995
backlash, Court, Richard, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoral industry, WA v Commonwealth, Western Australia
Premiers push partial extinguishment
Newspaper
Jan, 22, 1997
backlash, Court, Richard, extinguishment, native title, Western Australia
One small step becomes giant leap
Newspaper
Jan, 22, 1997
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Queensland Government, Wik