Aboriginal Land Rights Case Study

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Aboriginal land rights is the return of the land which was unfairly taken from them on the original settlement of Australia.Eddie koiki Mabo fought against this and tried to save the meriam islands from the Queensland government who tried to deny them use of their own lands Mabo was strongly against this as his people had been there longer then anyone could remember. He claimed they had lived in permanent communities and had their own political and social organisations in their community.

The qld government began to try and take over the native Aboriginals way of life on mer island.But Mabo felt so strongly on this issue that he lead a court case trying to deny the government any chance of taking their land but the case also aimed to allow
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The mabo case was very significant in the land rights battle Mabo spiked progression and also inspired a lot of other groups to try and claim back their land.So much that it led onto two more major cases the first of these was the native title act.

The native title act was passed in 1933 and it replaced a 17th century doctrine of ‘terra nullius’ that means (no one 's land) Captain cook reached this assumption as his belief of settled land had solid house with clear boundaries/fences the law was put in place by the early settlers the native title act was a massive leap forwards.The native title act was put in place by the government to -
‘‘To provide for the recognition and protection of native
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The land claimed by the Wik people who claimed title rights to an area overlapping the Wik claim included land where two leases had been issued by the Qld government. The wik people had to prove through historical documents that they deserved rights to the land.The case went in favour of the Indigenous Australians and was also a great advance in the land rights movement.But they weren 't trying to keep the people off their land they just wanted the government to know it 's their land therefore they aren 't in charge of the land the wik decisions was a great advancement making land rights claims a lot easier. ‘we don 't want to keep people off our land...we want the government to recognise we are the traditional owners’’(Denny

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