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MABO Day

June 3, 2020

On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia rejected the notion of ‘Terra Nullius’, that this land was not occupied before European colonisation. Eddie Mabo, a Torres Strait Island man living in Queensland and four other plaintiffs, Father Dave Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Sale, conducted a ten year battle through the courts that led to this historic ruling. The Mabo Judgement stated in law that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have by prior occupation, ownership of land where native title has not been extinguished.

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June 3, 2020