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Mabo judges perverted the course of justice

Eddie Mabo

While the 1992 Mabo judgement was a major milestone in Aboriginal history, we must remember that the judges in this case presented the same cowardice as Justice Blackburn in the Millirrpum Gove case in the 1970s.

In the Gove case, the court gave much weight to the evidence presented by anthropologist Ronald Berndt who coined the phrase, "the Aborigines don't own the land, the land owns them" or words to that effect, thus resigning our people to forever being part of the natural flora and fauna of this country. It must also be stated that the Gove matter was not presented with the 1872 Pacific islanders Protection Act as amended in 1875.

In the Gove matter Justice Blackburn was presented with enough evidence to permit him to make the same conclusions as did the High Court in Mabo but failed to do so. I think this was because of the extent of uncertainty the decision would have presented the Australian state, territory and federal governments in respect to land rights for the white population. [node:read-more:link]

Where we are coming from, moving into a new and exciting future

With a new and exciting future ahead, Michael Anderson reminds us of where we have been in the past 40 years in respect of our struggle for land rights, sovereignty, restitution and compensation, and what has been said and acted upon by the governments.

He presents an overview of our struggle for sovereignty and outlines the importance of standing our ground. This article includes examples of the concerns the state and territories have in respect of our potential claims that will come their way.

This, people, is our time. Stand up and be counted.

Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance

Message to our Aboriginal Leaders and authorized 'Law/Lore' people of our Aboriginal Nations.

Aboriginal Sovereignty is official recognition of already existing first Nations Peoples (Aboriginal People) cultural and land connection. The recognition recognizes the right for Governance of one's own affairs.

"It is important to understand how in Aboriginal society one nation cannot speak for another" (Anderson, Michael. 2011) [node:read-more:link]

Revisiting native 'wild' rice in Northern Australia

UPDATE

Trials of growing native wild rice planting near Darwin last year but we haven't found any published results. Wild rice is expected to fetch a premium price as a local product for tourists and gourmet restaurants, and because of its value, researchers can afford to grow the rice under cover to protect it from hungry magpie geese.

James Cook's Secret Instructions - 30 June 1768

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