By Bryan Keon-Cohen
The writer recounts the historic and criminal context resulting in the graduation of the case in 1982; Eddie Mabo's motivations; the Murray Islanders and their tradition; attorneys, judges and witnesses concerned; the plaintiffs' claims for reputation in their conventional rights to their land and seas and their options over the last decade; negotiations with the Commonwealth govt; felony reduction hassles; problems and set-backs throughout the trial performed within the Queensland preferrred court docket; repeated assaults by means of the Bjelke-Petersen govt designed to defeat the case; Eddie Mabo's claims (all rejected at trial) and his untimely dying; profitable claims through the remainder plaintiffs; a number of hearings in and ultimate good fortune within the excessive courtroom; the elemental felony rulings in Mabo (No 2); and the case's legacy to present times.
The publication contains various maps, pictures, court docket records, plus broad notes, index and bibliography.
Justice Michael Black: "...a lucid and fascinating exposition of the Mabo litigation. ...as such, it is a booklet of serious significance approximately what eventually turned a turning element within the background of this country"
Justice Michael Kirby: "...a brilliant tale in human phrases, it truly is an incredible tale in criminal phrases, and most importantly, it's a vitally important tale for the integrity of Australia as a simply nation."
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