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Queensland Witnesses
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Twenty four Murray Islanders gave evidence in support of the plaintiffs' case.

In response, Queensland called nine Islanders to dispute their evidence including the brother of one of the plaintiffs.

Queensland also led evidence from six non-Meriam people, five of whom were characterised as 'expert witnesses' because of their specialist knowledge of Meriam history or culture.

For both sides, the stakes were extraordinarily high.
Islanders appearing for Qld
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barristers, Depoma, Marwer, inheritance, Land Bilong Islanders, land disputes, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Queensland Government, White, Margaret, witnesses
Meriam Land Disputes
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Dauar, Depoma, Marwer, land boundaries, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island Native Court, sea rights, trespass, Waier
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
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1986
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
...Conflicting Evidence...
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Keon-Cohen, Bryan, witnesses
Queensland Witness
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ownership, Queensland Government, Sagigi, Victor, witnesses
...Have come to exist from the soil...
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Day, Ron, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, ownership, Passi, Reverend Dave, Rice, James, witnesses
...Meriam challenges to the plaintiffs' claims...
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Depoma, Marwer, evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Meriam Mer, Murray Island Native Court, No Ordinary Judgement, Passi, Reverend Dave, plaintiffs, Sebeg, Sharp, Dr. Nonie, witnesses
Queensland's Expert Witnesses
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anthropology, Killoran, Patrick, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Queensland Government, witnesses
Land Disputes
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clans, Depoma, Marwer, inheritance, land disputes, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island Native Court