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The Townsville Conference
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In August 1981, Townsville's James Cook University hosted a conference on the theme of 'Land Rights and the Future of Race Relations'.

It lasted almost four days, and was a major catalyst for the land rights challenge filed in the High Court of Australia the following year.

The conference brought together a group of people, who over the next 11 years were central to the preparation, conduct and ultimate success of the court action.
Land Rights and the Future of Australian Race Relations
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1981
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Eddie Mabo's address to Land Rights Conference
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Jan, 1, 1981
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Buried In Townsville
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Feb, 1, 1992
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Gardener At James Cook University
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1967-1975
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Inter-Racial Seminar
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1967
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Land Rights Conference
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1981
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...Students who had done race relations...
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Flo Kennedy Attends
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1981
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...We would take their heads off...
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Kennedy, Flo, Land Bilong Islanders, land ownership, The Townsville Conference, Townsville, warriors
...It's my grandmother's land...
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Resolutions
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1981
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...The reason why I was involved...
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1981
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Barbara Hocking's address to conference
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1981
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Increasing Popularity Of Land Rights
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1960s
Aboriginal Advancement League, Australian Labor Party, land rights, politics, Whitlam, Gough
Townsville
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Preparations On The Long Journey To Justice
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1981
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Great Northern Expedition
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1989
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We Can Take The Government To Court!
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Aug, 1981
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