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We Can Take The Government To Court!
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At the beginning of the 1980's the push for national land rights legislation, and the campaign for a Treaty between Australia and its indigenous peoples, gained momentum.

Those at the Townsville conference sensed the time was ripe for a test case in the courts.

Islanders Eddie Mabo, Flo Kennedy and David Passi were prepared to take it on, while lawyers Greg McIntyre, Barbara Hocking and Garth Nettheim, also backed the idea.

So did the Aboriginal Treaty Committee's Doctor "Nugget" Coombs, and anthropologist Nonie Sharp.

The nucleus of the team that was to bring the case to life was now in place.
Gove Case
Topic
1971
aborigines, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, Gove Peninsula, McIntyre, Greg, Nabalco, Yirrkala
Land Rights Conference
Topic
1981
conference, James Cook University, land rights, land rights, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
Yirrkala & Gove
Topic
1963-1971
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Preparations On The Long Journey To Justice
Topic
1981
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki
The Gove Case
Topic
1967-1972
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Marika, Roy, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
The Gove Decision Questioned
Topic
1971
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Canada, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
The Mabo Case
Topic
1982-1992
High Court of Australia, International law, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, terra nullius
The Townsville Conference
Topic
1981
James Cook University, Land Rights Conference, 1981, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville