Land Rights In Australia Essay

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This essay is about the land rights of of Australia and how Eddie Marbo was not happy about his land been taken away from him. In May 1982 Eddie Marbo and four other people of the Murray Islands began to take action in the high court of Australia and confirming their land rights. Eddie Marbo was a torres islander who thought that the Australian laws were wrong and who went to fight and try and change them. He was born in 1936 on Mer which is known as Murray Island. The British Crown in the form of the colony of Queensland became of the sovereign of the islands when they were annexed in1978. They claimed continued enjoyment of there land rights and that had not been validly extinguished by ...view middle of the document...

The prime minister of Australia was on his side to give his land back but the governments were trying there best to say no and try and get there way to mine the land. Marbo did not just give up on this and he kept on trying to get his land rights and get other rights for indigenous people of Australia.

There was a lot of significant things that happened in the Marbo decision. Marbo changed a lot of the rights for the Australian indigenous people. He got the land rights and human rights back for them. It still wasn't easer for Mabo to win his rights though because they wanted to mine his land and make money out of it. In the year 1993 Federal Pavement had passed the Native Title act which had established legal framework for the native claims through out the country. Unfortunately Eddie Marbo was not around to see his victory. He had died of cancer and he was fifty five years old. It was just before the high courts decision.There were two of the five Murray Island plaintiffs were alive by the time when the ruling was handed down. The third anniversary was held at Eddies grave. Eddie Marbo’s body went back to the Murray Islands were he lived most of his life.
(Patrick Hatch,2013)

When the decision went through the indigenous people had there rights they could stand on. They could have there own rights to have there land and have there rights to live and have the right treatment in this world. It was not fair how the governments also ripped the children away from there families as well. The Marbo decision was a very significant and a very important moment in Australia's political, social and cultural history. It set the nation in a very new direction were Australians stated paying attention to the Ingenuous...

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