How Did Mabo Treat The Australian Indigenous People
He could see the injustice the indigenous people were facing. He was very passionate about this issue and wanted the Aboriginal people to be recognised for their land rights. He was particularly fighting for the land rights of the Merriam people which are a group of people in the Torre Strait Islands who share the same beliefs and language and is where Eddie Mabo grew up.
The existing law at the time of Eddie Mabos beginning campaign was based on the principal of terra nullius meaning empty land. Meaning that Australia was officially considered an empty land prior to European Settlement. This meant for the Aboriginals that they had no property rights even though they were living on this land for thousands of years, according to Australia law they did not own their