Historical And Contemporary Situation Of Torres Strait Islander And How The Edward Koiki Mabo
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I aim to focus on the historical and contemporary situation of Torres Strait Islander and how the Edward Koiki Mabo (Eddie Mabo) decision has affected them.
Edward Koiki Mabo (Eddie Mabo) is the Australian Man born in 1936 from Torres Strait Islander campaigning for Indigenous land rights. His decision for land rights was the legal decision. In 1981, Mabo gave first speech at the land rights conference at the James Cook University explaining the traditional land ownership and inheritance system that his community followed on Mer Island. The lawyer in the conference noted the significance of Mabo’s speech and gave a suggestion there should be a test case to claim land rights through the court system. The case was heard for ten years, progressing from the Queensland Supreme Court to the high court of Australia. The choice of high court judgment in the Mabo case came about a clearing the myth of tera nullins and setting up a legitimate structure for native title by indigenous Australian. People recognize that Indigenous Australian have a prior claim to land taken by the British Crown since 1770. They were only land such as vacant crown land, national parks and possibly some leased land, where the lease is subjected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is important because it was the turning point for the recognition of Aboriginal and People right which acknowledge their unique connection with land. The judgments of the High Court inserted