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Black Activist
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After the election of the Whitlam Labour Government in December 1972, Eddie's life was frenetic.

With increased money for Aboriginal programs, he became involved in the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Legal Service and the Health Service.

In 1975 Eddie was elected president of Yumba Meta, a housing association that purchased houses in Townsville with Commonwealth funds, and rented them to Aboriginal and Islander tenants.

However, when Mabo evicted tenants who'd fallen behind in their rent, his role as president caused considerable conflict within the organisation.

He received continual death threats and suffered bouts of anxiety about the safety of his family.
Eddie Mabo to Yumba-Meta tenants
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Sep, 13, 1979
evictions, Townsville, Yumba Meta
Mabo with BCS bus
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1973-1985
Mabo, Edward Koiki
Black Community School
Topic
1973-1985
Black Community School, cultural preservation, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville, Townsville
...$2,000 behind in rent...
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1975-1980
housing, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Yumba Meta
Tent Embassy
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1972
activism, Australian Labor Party, Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
The Aboriginal Land Fund Commission
Topic
1974
Aboriginal Land Fund Commission, Australian Labor Party, land rights, McMahon, William, Northern Territory, Whitlam, Gough
The Whitlam Government & Land Rights
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1972-1975
Australian Labor Party, land rights, Whitlam, Gough
...Stressed to the Max...
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activism, activism, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Townsville
...A bad temper...
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1962-1992
activism, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
... I'm Only Five Feet Four...
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1973
Mabo, Bonita, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
...Four Corners...
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activism, activism, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Townsville
...The Blues...
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activism, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Mabo, Gail, music, Townsville
...Intense and Passionate...
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activism, Mabo, Eddie Jnr., Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, Mabo, Gail, music, Townsville