The Case Begins!
On the 20th of May 1982, the plaintiffs' statement of claim was lodged at the Brisbane registry of the High Court of Australia.
It had taken months of legal, historical and anthropological research to distil this legal document from the claims made by Eddie Mabo and the other plaintiffs.
It was finally ready, and its filing marked the formal beginning of a case that would change the legal and political landscape of Australia forever.
It would be a long journey to justice; the Murray Islanders and their lawyers would struggle for ten years against the resources of the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments.
...he was crucial...
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...since time immemorial...
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
...The Statement Of Claim...
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pp 82-83 of Moynihan J's judgement
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Queensland's First Response
Aug, 18, 1982
Mabo v Queensland No.1, Queensland
Land Bilong Islanders - Mabo
Great Northern expedition, land ownership, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, sea rights
Mabo Case Commences
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The Mabo Case
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We Can Take The Government To Court!
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Statement of claim - amended statement
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