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James Rice:
Nobody come in here. If they want to come in here they have to call out for me and I give them pass to come here. If not... they'll get something. In those days was very serious, alright? They chop their head off. Yeah, that's really. They chop their head off with their gubba gubba.


I know my boundary. I know my land, I know my areas, I can name them where my ancestors been name all the lands. No white people can give that name to my ancestor about this lands here.

l can say this is Daimi. That's Daimi here. If 1 take you to another one, I say Douri. This is not white people's name. This is my ancestors' name. And if I go to another place. I say Bazmet. This is not white people name. This is Bazmet. This is my ancestors' name. Native name.

And this land belongs to my ancestor and I'm the heir and that land that I want to own by right. I want right for my, you know I want to get right, I'm speaking on behalf of all Murray Islanders. We want our right.
Indigenous People & Their Land
custom, indigenous people, land ownership, land rights, land use, sacred
An Expression Of Sovereignty
Jun, 3, 1992
High Court of Australia, Mabo judgement, native title, self determination, self-government, sovereignty
Belonging To Country
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Sea Claims
Federal Government, Australia, fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sacred, sea rights
The Great Northern Expedition
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, Supreme Court of Queensland
Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Defining Native Title
aboriginal law, land ownership, native title
General Principles Of Native Title
aboriginal law, Common Law, native title, Native Title Act (1993)
Human Rights
human rights, International law, Mabo judgement, Racial Discrimination Act , 1975 , United Nations
Native Title & Indigenous Law
aboriginal law, Malo's laws, native title, Native Title Act (1993), sacred
Recent Changes To International Law
decolonisation, human rights, International law, Racial Discrimination Act , 1975 , treaties, United Nations