Terra nullius

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  • The Mabo Case Analysis

    The Mabo Case was a decision made by the High Court on whether Australia was terra nullius (empty land – or land that belongs to nobody) as the British declared when they settled here, or whether it did/does in actual fact belong to the indigenous peoples. The High Court decided that terra nullius should not be applied to Australia, which was yet another huge turning point for the ATSI people as it recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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  • 1967 Referendum In Australia

    known as the Mabo decision. Although they had been taken away from their main land the Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginals still continued their traditional way of life on the Murray Island. Taking place after their land bad been declared terra nullius by the European settlers, the connection that the aboriginals had developed with their land had become unrecognised and was immediately in use by the British. As an act of retaliation the islanders and aboriginals developed a challenge to…

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  • Freedom Rides In The 1960's

    all Australians voting ‘Yes’ for Aboriginal people to be counted in the census. However, Aboriginal people still struggled to gain their full rights and freedoms. When Australia was colonised by the British, it was declared that the land was “terra nullius”, although there were Aboriginal people living on the island. This displayed the ethnocentric attitudes of the British which gave indigenous Australians no rights to their traditional land. This issue was highlighted when Eddie Mabo was told…

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  • Native American Blood Essay

    The British-Europeans blood-thirsty civilization in the nation of Australia was jeopardous to the Indigenous natives in the 18th-20th century in many implications. Firstly, it caused the outbreak of chronic diseases, such as tuberculosis, measles, chickenpox, smallpox and influenza. Yet, little did the Europeans know that the harsh syndromes were introduced to the nation, as a result of their arrival. It also made the nation more and more susceptible to the dramatic decline in the Indigenous…

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  • Judges Make Law But Merely Interpret The Law Analysis

    “Judges (courts) do not ‘make’ law but merely interpret the law.” The famous quote, “Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don 't believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely” [Hamburger: http://www.quotegarden.com/justice.html (Downloaded 20th March 2016)] can be considered for interpreting that “Judges (courts) do not ‘make’ the law but merely interpret the law” as practically law is ruling our daily life as “the…

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  • Aboriginal Dreaming

    being restored through the land rights movement where they are able to foster their lost connection with the fabric of life- their inextricable connection with the land; through which the marks of dispossession are slowly fading. The notion of ‘Terra Nullius’ under the European settlers’ jurisdiction acted as a detriment to the Aboriginals, as it preached their mass genocide- genocide of their being and identity. Judith Wright accentuates that “the all-embracing net of life and spirit which had…

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  • Statute Law In Australia

    Australian Legislation is established and administered at three levels, the Commonwealth, the State and the local Government level. Government Institutions or (Parliaments) make laws and all of these institutions, people and laws are all part of the legal system. Common Law or Case Law is referred to as Judge made law, cases are heard, a verdict is reached and then precedence is set. Statute Law is law made by Parliament, written as Acts, Regulations or Rules. Australia is multifaceted in…

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  • Thomson Poly: The Colonization Of Indigenous Australians

    Close your eyes and imagine you are at home enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. You hear the laughs of your children as they play and the aroma of your wife's cooking. You feel as if you are the luckiest person in the whole world, but suddenly your life is about to be turned upside down. Foreigners land in your country and start to settle, after years passed you notice more and more of them flooding into your nation with weapons; almost like an invasion. They have kidnapped your children. They…

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  • Yorta Land Claim Case Study

    and fauna list, although a delayed and not-so grand gesture, this referendum established a greater sense equality amongst indigenous Australians and white Australians. Then in 1992 the Eddie Mabo decision was made abolishing the legal fiction of terra nullius, a term meaning that the land was empty and owned by no one before British settlement. The Mabo case established the existence of native title at common law in Australia, finding that native title survived colonisation and therefore…

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  • Indigenous Narrative Analysis

    aspects of their identity, but brought up in White households without any semblance of their culture and forbidden to express any of their memories from their former lives. They were not allowed to speak their native language and contact with their families – if any existed - was limited and closely monitored and controlled. The fear of an essential genocide scarred an identity of victimhood within the Indigenous people (Laqueur, 2010). While the Indigenous narrative was grounded in victimhood,…

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