Koiki Mabo on Mer Island
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Eddie Koiki Mabo (known as Koiki) is remembered for his commitment and tireless effort to educate others about the rights and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Koiki famously challenged the Australian legal system and won his people’s case for land ownership. The Mabo case (1992) was one of the most significant turning points for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the fight for native title.
'Talking stick: Native Title' ABC 2010
Miriam Corowa is joined by Graeme Neate, President of the national native title tribunal, Monica Morgan, Yorta Yorta spokeswoman and elder, Yorta Yorta nation and Kim Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council
AUSTLII is a searchable legal database that provides text of legislation (eg. Native Title Act, 1993) and court rulings (Wik and Mabo)
APO (Analysis and Policy Observatory) Native Title Research Unit
AIATSIS Research Publications
AnTAR, Native Title and Land Rights
Federal Court of Australia. Native Title Infobase. Database with indexed articles, books and book chapters related to Native Title. Some available online.
Human Rights Commission. Native Title Reports. Annual summary of Native Title issues.
Mabo vs Queensland the High Court decision
National Native Title Tribunal is an independent body set up under the Native Title Act 1993 to facilitate native title outcomes.
50 years on from the historic Freedom Ride through regional New South Wales - the civil rights protesters have received a very different welcome.
Student Action for Aborigines bus ouside the Hotel Bogabilla in February 1965
By State Library of New South Wales from Australia [No restrictions or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
With fewer freedoms and rights than men, in 1900 women were second-class citizens in Britain.
Women had argued for – and won – new rights in the 19th Century. However, without the vote campaigners thought there was little incentive for politicians to improve the lot of women further. They believed MPs only cared about issues that affected the men who were able to vote for them.
The campaign for women's suffrage - the right to vote in elections - involved both moderates and militants. At first they worked well together to reinforce each other but as suffragette actions became more extreme some observers thought they might derail the campaign.
Militant suffragettes forced the public to think about votes for women. But their violent actions were used by opponents to justify withholding votes from women.