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The Leading Plaintiff
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In February 1986 Chief Justice Gibbs of the High Court of Australia ordered that the Supreme Court of Queensland conduct the hearings into the Mabo Case on its behalf. Mr Justice Moynihan, of the Supreme Court, was appointed to hear all the evidence, determine the facts and report back to the High Court in Canberra.

On the 13th of October, 1986, proceedings commenced in Brisbane; and Eddie Mabo was called to give evidence.

He was questioned by his barristers Bryan Keon-Cohen and Ron Castan. He then faced ten days of gruelling cross examination by the Queensland Government's well briefed lawyers. His evidence became the focus of the attack by the Government.
High Court in Canberra: Mabo & legal council
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1991
Canberra, Castan, Ron, High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, High Court of Australia, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, McIntyre, Greg
...hands clasped...
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Oct, 1986
Brisbane, evidence, exile, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Malo's laws, No Ordinary Judgement, plaintiffs, Supreme Court of Queensland
...my father told me...
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1986-89
Brisbane, evidence, gardening, hearsay, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, plaintiffs
...if they'd been able to destroy him...
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1986-89
Brisbane, inheritance, Mabo Case, Mabo v Queensland No.1, plaintiffs
...it was his own people...
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exile, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Murray Island Council, plaintiffs, Queensland Government
...I sat in the witness box...
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May, 5, 1989
Brisbane, evidence, Mabo Case, Mabo v Queensland No.1, plaintiffs, witnesses
...dearest daughter in law...
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1960-1994
letters, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo Case, Mabo, Maiga
...I'm plaintiff for this court case...
Video
1989
human rights, Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo v Queensland No.1, Murray Island, Passi, Reverend Dave, plaintiffs, Rice, James
Eddie Koiki Mabo
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1986-1989
Mabo, Edward Koiki
The plaintiffs and legal counsel on boat to Mer
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May, 1989
Dauar, Kabere, Henry, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, McIntyre, Greg, plaintiffs, Rice, James
Hearsay & Oral Tradition
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Feb, 1987
hearsay, indigenous people, oral tradition
...Murray Islanders Prepare To Give Evidence...
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1986-89
inheritance, Malo's laws, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, native title claim, No Ordinary Judgement, plaintiffs, Sharp, Dr. Nonie, Townsville
Eddie Mabo's Evidence & The Hearsay Hurdle
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Feb, 1987
evidence, hearsay, Mabo, Edward Koiki, oral evidence, oral tradition, plaintiffs
Eddie Mabo - Linchpin
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1986-89
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family
...1st Named Plaintiff...
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May, 20, 1982
Land Bilong Islanders, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs, Supreme Court of Queensland
...Wasn't it the case?...
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Oct, 1986
adoption, evidence, Keon-Cohen, Bryan, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo, Maiga, plaintiffs, witnesses
...He wept...
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evidence, exile, family, Mabo, Benny, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
...He could see a funny side to things...
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1986-89
evidence, Mabo, Bonita, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Mabo family, plaintiffs
Five Plaintiffs
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May, 1982
evidence, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
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 Plaintiffs
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1982
claim, High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Murray Islanders, plaintiffs, Supreme Court of Queensland