Land Rights Stalled
The Ranger agreement and the Noonkanbah dispute showed the limitations of modern land rights policies. For despite the 1967 referendum, the power of the states over land remained essentially unchanged.
Fortunately, enough native reserves survived from the nineteenth century to allow some Australian governments to transfer large tracts of land to indigenous owners during the 1970's and eighties.
Government land purchases during these decades also helped reunite other aboriginal Australians with their land, although the results were uneven.
However, by the mid 1980s, the momentum for land rights reform had stalled. And in the complacent and increasingly fearful political atmosphere of the 1990's, the Mabo and Wik High Court judgments came as bombshells.
The Legacy Of A Tiny Island
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court Decision, 03/06/1992, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
1967 referendum, Australia, human rights
High Court Victory
Jun, 3, 1992
Australia, Canberra, death, High Court judgement, High Court of Australia, High Court victory, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
Yirrkala & Gove
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Legislation In Australia After Mabo
indigenous people, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, political reaction
The Reshaping Of National Identity
backlash, decolonisation, indigenous people, national identity, native title, reconciliation
Cultural Diversity & Common Identity
aborigines, fishing, hunting, land ownership, land use
A Humanitarian Tradition
Australia, colonialism, Cook, Captain James, First Fleet, humanitarians, land rights, terra nullius
May, 27, 1967
1967 referendum, activism, citizenship, human rights, Inter-racial Seminar, justice, Mabo, Edward Koiki, vote
Ranger Uranium Mine
Arnhem Land, industry, Kakadu National Park, mining, Northern land Council, Northern Territory, Ranger Uranium Mine
activism, Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberleys, mining, Noonkanbah, resistance, unionism, Western Australia
Land Rights vs 'States' Rights'
land rights, States' rights, Whitlam, Gough
The nineteenth century roots of late twentieth century 'enlightenment'
1967 referendum, activism, anthropology, Australian Labor Party, Dunstan, Don, Hawke, Bob, humanitarians, land rights, Mabo judgement, New South Wales, Noonkanbah, Northern Territory, Queensland, Ranger Uranium Mine, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, Whitlam, Gough, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
The High Court Decides!
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, Mabo v Queensland No.2
Implications Of Mabo
Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, pastoral industry, political reaction
Land Bilong Islanders - Mabo
Great Northern expedition, land ownership, Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, sea rights
Rations & Reserves
humanitarians, land rights, missionaries, missions, reserves
The Mabo Decision
High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement
Tragedy & Victory
Eddie Mabo's Death, 21/01/1992, High Court victory, Mabo judgement