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Justice Moynihan's Decision
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On the 16th of November 1990, more than four years after Eddie Mabo first entered the witness box, Justice Moynihan handed down his decision.

It was three volumes long and it lobbed a bombshell into the plaintiffs' camp.

Eddie's evidence was discredited and his claims denied.

However, the Court's determination of the disputed facts meant that, finally, the legal issues raised in the 1982 statement of claim could be argued before the High Court. But the damage to morale caused by the rejection of Eddie Mabo's evidence threatened to sink the whole case.

Again, it's future hung in the balance.
High Court Findings
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Jun, 3, 1992
Canberra, High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, High Court judgement, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, terra nullius
Moynihan's Findings
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Dec, 16, 1990
adoption, inheritance, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
...his credibility didn't find great favour...
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Nov, 16, 1990
adoption, inheritance, land disputes, Mabo, Benny, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
...to see the wood for the trees...
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1990
Mabo Case, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
James Rice playing pan pipe
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Land Bilong Islanders, Meriam culture, music, Rice, James
A Mountain Of Evidence
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1990
Brisbane, Mabo Case, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
...Moynihan's Findings (Video)...
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1990
High Court of Australia, Land Bilong Islanders, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island
...That to me is an injustice...
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land ownership, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, terra nullius
...Excerpts from Moynihan's findings on Mabo...
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1990
adoption, inheritance, Killoran, Patrick, Mabo, Benny, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, oral evidence, Passi, Sam, Sambo, Robert, World War 2
...Fabrication, I don't know...
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1990
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Supreme Court of Queensland
...Unbelievable conclusion...
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1990
adoption, inheritance, land ownership, Mabo, Benny, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Sambo, Robert
...Eddie Mabo's character...
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adoption, High Court of Australia, inheritance, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan's findings, Passi, Sam
...Findings re: Dave Passi...
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1990
High Court of Australia, inheritance, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Passi, Reverend Dave, Passi, Sam
...Findings re: James Rice...
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1990
Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Murray Island, Rice, James
...Findings re: Custom or System of Law...
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1990
aboriginal law, custom, land ownership, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Murray Island
Defending Territories & Making Peace
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Depoma, Marwer, land boundaries, land disputes, land ownership, Las, Mabo Case, Mer, Meriam culture, Papua New Guinea
Justice Moynihan's Findings
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Nov, 16, 1990
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Supreme Court of Queensland
The Hearings Conclude
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1990
Mabo Case, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Supreme Court of Queensland
The Leading Plaintiff
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
His Claims Denied
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Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings, Supreme Court of Queensland
Justice Moynihans Determination of Facts
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1990
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
Summary of the Findings
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Nov, 16, 1990
Mabo Case, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings