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Mabo Case Commences
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In 1982 Eddie Mabo and four other Islanders filed a writ in the High Court of Australia.

By claiming customary ownership of their ancestral lands on Murray Island, they were challenging the most fundamental tenet of Australian land law; the doctrine of terra nullius.

Mabo believed it was not the white government's role to grant, or withhold, rights to traditional Aboriginal land. He was determined to establish in the courts that the land had been stolen in the first place.

Mabo was under no illusion about the scale of the task, he and his co-plaintiffs were facing the combined resources of the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments.

He would tell his friends he saw himself as David, challenging Goliath.
...he was crucial...
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1989
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Meriam culture
...since time immemorial...
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annexation, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Mer, Murray Island
The Case Begins!
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1982
High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki
A Challenge To The Established Law
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Apr, 3, 1987
Canberra, High Court of Australia, native title, Queensland Coast Islands Declaratory Act , 1985 , sovereignty, terra nullius
...a time limit of 3 months...
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May, 1989
Great Northern expedition, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, Mabo v Queensland No.2, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, Supreme Court of Queensland
...a formidable task...
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1982
Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.2
...Koiki was fighting for his pride...
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Mabo v Queensland No.2, Passi, Reverend Dave
...Koiki talked very hard...
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.2, Rice, James
...I'm Going To Win...
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activism, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.2
...I'm Going To Fight These Bastards...
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family, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Gail, Mabo v Queensland No.2
Defining Native Title
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aboriginal law, land ownership, native title
Land Bilong Islanders - Mabo
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Great Northern expedition, land ownership, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, sea rights
Terra Nullius Defined
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terra nullius
Visionary
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activism, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki