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Implications Of Mabo
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The High Court's Mabo decision has had a profound effect on the whole nation; its aftershocks are still rolling across the country.

The Court's rejection of terra nullius, and recognition of native title, has generated frantic legislative activity, intense political debate, and a vast amount of media and academic attention.

It fundamentally altered the legal, political and social relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people: and, in recognising the traditional rights of Murray Islanders, it changed Australia forever.
Mabo sparks battle over State's rights
Newspaper
Jun, 7, 1993
land tenure, States' rights, Western Australia
PM has failed us on Mabo: Aborigines
Newspaper
Oct, 9, 1993
Australia, High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, Keating, Paul, Native Title Amendment Bill, States' rights
Protect post-1788 titles: Goss
Newspaper
Aug, 14, 1993
doctrine of tenure, Keating, Paul, Queensland Government, States' rights, Wik
Malo Dance
Topic
Sep, 19, 1995
ceremony, dancing, Las, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Mabo, Maiga, Malo dance, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island, reburial, sacred
Historic win in fight for land rights
Newspaper
Jun, 4, 1992
Mabo Case, native title
Keating suggests Fischer 'inciting fear' over Mabo
Newspaper
1992
backlash, desecration, Fischer, Tim, Keating, Paul, Mabo Case, political reaction, racism
Mabo splits coalition
Newspaper
Jun, 22, 1993
Australia, Keating, Paul, Liberal - National Party coalition, Mabo Case
...to see the wood for the trees...
Text
1990
Mabo Case, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Moynihan's findings
The Legacy Of A Tiny Island
Topic
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
...the ripples are still going out...
Text
1992-
determinations, High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, High Court of Australia
...a legal fiction called terra nullius...
Video
1992
High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Land Bilong Islanders, Native Title Act (1993), political reaction, terra nullius
...A tiny island...
Video
 
High Court of Australia, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, plaintiffs, reconciliation, terra nullius
Legislation In Australia After Mabo
Topic
1990s
indigenous people, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, political reaction
The objectives of the Native Title Act
Text
1993
10 point plan, Native Title Act (1993), recognition
Australia In The Eyes Of The World
Topic
1992-
Australia, Australia, Australian International Relations, human rights, indigenous people, International law, national identity, native title, social justice
The Reshaping Of National Identity
Topic
1992-
backlash, decolonisation, indigenous people, national identity, native title, reconciliation
Land Rights Stalled
Topic
1980s
land rights, Mabo judgement
...Australia was the anomalous one...
Text
Jun, 3, 1992
Common Law, Common Law, High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, native title, Reynolds, Henry (Prof.)
...The decision affects the whole of Australia...
Text
1992
Australian Court Case, Brennan, Chief Justice Gerard, Federal Government, Australia, High Court judgement, Isabel Coe v The Commonwealth, Mabo judgement, Mabo v Queensland No.2, Mason v Tritton, 1994, Meriam Mer, native title, Native Title Act (1993), plaintiffs, Toohey, Justice
Some ramifications of the decision for criminal law
Text
 
Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory)(1976), Australian Court Case, High Court judgement, High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, Mason v Tritton, 1994, native title, Native Title Act (1993), Northern Territory, R v Murrell (1836), Supreme Court of NSW, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, terra nullius, United States of America, Walker v NSW (1994), Yanner Murrandoo, Yolgnu, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Some ramifications of the decision for intellectual property law
Text
 
Brennan, Chief Justice Gerard, High Court judgement, intellectual property, Mabo judgement, native title
...Some political ramifications of the decision...
Text
 
backlash, desecration, High Court judgement, Keating, Paul, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo judgement, McIntyre, Greg, pastoral industry, Pearson, Noel, political reaction, reconciliation
...Legacy of the case...
Text
 
Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Mabo Case, plaintiffs
Pre-Existing Land Rights
Topic
 
land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Government
Topic
 
Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
Sovereignty & Ownership Distinguished
Topic
 
land ownership, Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
The Doctrine Of Tenures Reconsidered
Topic
 
crown land, doctrine of tenure, land rights, Mabo judgement
The Political Response
Topic
 
10 point plan, Australian Court Case, backlash, Court, Richard, desecration, Keating, Paul, Mabo judgement, mining, pastoral industry, political reaction, racism, WA v Commonwealth