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Transcript of Eddie Mabo
It recognised indigenous Australians to be the rightful owners of the land that had been taken from them when Governer Phillip planted at Sydney Cove in 1788.And it happened because Eddie Mabo, a Torres Strait islander with a belief of the value of his culture, challenged 200 years of history, and won.
Using "white man's law"
It was clear that the only way to secure land was to use 'white man's law' to prove that indigenous people had a legal right to the land taken from them.
At a land rights conference at James Cook University in 1981, Eddie Mabo met with land rights activists from all over Australia.
After discussions with lawyers and other activists, it was clear the only way to secure land was to use the "white man's law" to prove that indigenous people had a legal right to the land taken from them.In 1982, he and 4 other Murray Islanders began legal procedings against the state of Queensland, claiming that they were the traditoinal owners because they could trace their uninterrupted ocupation back 30 generations.They also claimed that the granting of freehold title or land.
The English saw indigenous people as "savages", to be pitied: not as human beings with basic human rights. Being savages, they reasoned indigenous people could have no concept of land ownership and so England could claim the Australian continent as it's own.
Settlers could take the land, farm it, fence it, run cattle and sheep on it and use deadly force to protect it. Because of this, more than 20 000 Aborigines were killed in armed conflict with settlers in the first decades of colonisation.
Friday 4 April
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Full Name: Edward Koiki Mabo
Born: 29 June 1936;Mer Murray Island Torres Strait Islands
Died: 21 January 1992; Brisbane QLD
Occupation:Human Rights Activist
Awards:Human Rights, Australian Acheiver Medallion
His mum died when was very little and he was adopted by his aunt and uncle and lived with them on Murray Island. At school he refused to obey the rule forbidding him to speak the language of his people.
At 17, he began working on the boats that collected a type of sea snail called Trochus.
Soon he realised that he wasn't being paid as much as the white people working there.
So,when he reached the age of 21, he moved to mainland Australia to work in jobs that paid the people the same amount of money.
The text that Mr. Duncan gave us.