We Can Take The Government To Court!
At the beginning of the 1980's the push for national land rights legislation, and the campaign for a Treaty between Australia and its indigenous peoples, gained momentum.
Those at the Townsville conference sensed the time was ripe for a test case in the courts.
Islanders Eddie Mabo, Flo Kennedy and David Passi were prepared to take it on, while lawyers Greg McIntyre, Barbara Hocking and Garth Nettheim, also backed the idea.
So did the Aboriginal Treaty Committee's Doctor "Nugget" Coombs, and anthropologist Nonie Sharp.
The nucleus of the team that was to bring the case to life was now in place.
aborigines, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, Gove Peninsula, McIntyre, Greg, Nabalco, Yirrkala
Land Rights Conference
conference, James Cook University, land rights, land rights, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville
Yirrkala & Gove
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Preparations On The Long Journey To Justice
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki
The Gove Case
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Marika, Roy, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
The Gove Decision Questioned
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Canada, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
The Mabo Case
High Court of Australia, International law, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, terra nullius
The Townsville Conference
James Cook University, Land Rights Conference, 1981, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Townsville