Advocates or activists: what can lawyers learn from Mabo?

Galloway, Kate (2012) Advocates or activists: what can lawyers learn from Mabo? The Conversation, 2012 (5 June). pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

[Extract] Australians have just celebrated Mabo Day – this year marking the 20th anniversary of the landmark High Court decision that changed the course of land rights in Australia

The case has special resonance for us here at James Cook University.

It is here, on our Townsville campus that Eddie Koiki Mabo worked and shared the story of his people and his land with historians Henry Reynolds and Noel Loos. At a conference at James Cook in 1981 the seeds were planted to challenge the dispossession of the Meriam people.

Against this backdrop, I have been reflecting on the Mabo decision and what it represents for me: a non-Indigenous Australian lawyer. To me, this story is about the possibilities of the law as a means of progressive change and importantly, about reconciliation itself.

Item ID: 21963
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 02:53
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 50%
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