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The Mabo Case

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Sophia Truong

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The Mabo Case
What key debates took place?
What people were involved in this issue?
What changes were achieved?
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What is the Mabo case?
Who was involved in this issue?
The people who was involved in this issue was:
Eddie Mabo
Celuia Mapo Salee, Sam Passi, David Passi and James Rice (4 Torres Strait Islanders that went with Eddie Mabo)
Queensland Government
Government from the High courts
The high court judge
by Sophia Truong
The Mabo decision was resolved on June 3, 1992 and after a year,
Why did people think the Mabo case was important?

How effective were their actions?
The Mabo case is a decision named after Eddie Mabo. Eddie Mabo and the other four Torres Strait Islanders, fought for the rights of Aborignal and Torres Strait islanders being the traditional owners of their land.

49 A chronology of the Mabo debates

What actions were taken?
the issue was recognised as the Mabo Debate for Native Rights.
Who is Eddie Mabo?
Eddie Mabo's Full name is Eddie Koiki Mabo, he was born on the 29th June, 1936 and he was born at the Community of Las on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait (also known as Murray Island)
Eddie Mabo was raised by his Uncle, Benny Mabo, following the death of his mother during childbirth. Eddie Mabo and his group of Torres Strait islanders took the Queensland Government to court and had many debates for 10 years. Eddie Mabo died of cancer at the age of 55 before the land was handed down.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lived in Australia for 40,000 to 60,000 years before the British arrived in 1788. They spoke their own languages and had their own rules and they also had a strong connection to the country.

When the British arrived, they said that Australia was terra nullius (land that belongs to nobody). The British took the land without permission and everyone thought that this wasn't fair at all.
June - July 1992: high hopes
August - September 1992: the first dissent
October - November 1992: the first government responses.
December 1992 to February 1993: claims and counter claims.
March 1993: mounting pressure for action
April 1993: the first plans
May 1993: the first compromise
June 1993: the debate heats up
July 1993: the debate overheats
August 1993: a second compromise
September 1993: draft Commonwealth legislation
Early October 1993: the Government's dilemma

The Natives now owned the lands but the built areas are stilled owned by the British people.
One of the high court judges, Justice Brennan, Eddie Koiki Mabo, The four Torres Strait Islanders that went with Eddie Mabo.
The actions took place in 1892 when Eddie Mabo and the four Torres Strait Islanders took the Queensland Government to court.
Their actions were very effective as the Meriam people were entitled to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of one of those islands, the island of Mer.
The Mabo Case was held in Australia at the High Courts in Canberra. The High court is the highest court in Australia's judicial system and the case was also decided in the high court.
Eddie Mabo brought the Queensland Government to court. He carried out protests and had a ten year debate about the Torres Strait Islanders and Aborigines owning the land.
The Indigenous people also built a tent embassy outside the Government.
Interesting facts on Eddie Mabo
Eddie Mabo raised 10 kids
June 29, 1936 – January 21, 1992
Gardener and Activist
Died of bowl cancer
Newspapers about the Mabo debate.
Eddie Mabo as an adult
Eddie Mabo
Eddie Mabo and the high court judges
Australian emblem
Aboriginal Flag
Eddie Mabo walking with the Judge and the group of Torres Strait Islanders.
Eddie Mabo's family ^
High Court in Australia
Aboriginal's Tent Embassy
Weapons that the indigenous people used for hunting animals called the Boomerang.
Justice Brennan, one of the high court judges ------------------------------>
The island of Mer

Gail Mabo, Wannee, Eddie Junio, Bethal, Celuia, Ezra, Mal, Mario, Malita and Maria Jessie.
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