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Failure To Agree On The Facts
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In October 1982, the parties tried to settle on an agreed statement of facts. However it became apparent that no agreement could be reached, so the plaintiffs returned to the High Court.

Finally, on the twenty seventh of February 1986, Chief Justice Gibbs decided that this matter should be referred to the Supreme Court of Queensland; Justice Moynihan would hear the case.

Meanwhile, the High Court challenge to the 1985 Queensland Act would continue.

The financial strain of running cases in two courts at once was greater than ever. Despite this, the Murray Islanders remained enthusiastic about their claims.
...Gibbs C.J...
Feb, 27, 1986
Gibbs, Chief Justice, High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Supreme Court of Queensland
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Eddie Mabo's Evidence & The Hearsay Hurdle
Feb, 1987
evidence, hearsay, Mabo, Edward Koiki, oral evidence, oral tradition, plaintiffs
The Leading Plaintiff
Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, plaintiffs
The Plaintiffs
claim, High Court of Australia, Mabo Case, Murray Islanders, plaintiffs, Supreme Court of Queensland