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Queensland's King-Hit
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Three years after the claim was lodged, Queensland decided to put a stop to the case, once and for all. The strategy was simple, brutal and took the plaintiffs by surprise. The Government passed the 'Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act, 1985'.

It was framed 'just in case' native title still did exist, and was designed to extinguish any surviving native title without compensation. If this law could be enforced, the plaintiffs' case was finished.

There was only one option, and that was to go back to the High Court to challenge the validity of the Queensland Act.

On the nineteenth of June 1985, this is precisely what Eddie Mabo and his colleagues did.
Second Reading
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Apr, 2, 1985
Mabo v Queensland No.1, native title claim, plaintiffs, Queensland, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985 , Queensland Government
Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act
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1985
extinguishment, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Queensland, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985 , Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985
...Condemnation...
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1985
extinguishment, High Court of Australia, Hocking, Barbara, Mabo v Queensland No.1, native title, Queensland, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985
The Issues In Mabo #1
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1988
Mabo v Queensland No.1, Queensland, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985
The Challenge To The Queensland Act
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Apr, 3, 1987
Mabo v Queensland No.1, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985
The Narrowest Of Victories
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1988
High Court of Australia, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985
Failure To Agree On The Facts
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1982-1986
High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, plaintiffs, Queensland, Supreme Court of Queensland
Legal Manoeuvres
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1982-1985
High Court of Australia, plaintiffs, Queensland