Posted: June 29th, 2016
Today we remember Eddie Mabo’s birthday, he would have been 80 years old. Eddie Mabo was born on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait, he was the key plaintiff seeking legal claim for ownership of lands on the island of Mer. This was the foundation of Native Title Claim. The high court decided in his favour and upheld the claim 10 years later in 1992.
From this landmark decision, the Government passed Native Title legislation in 1993 and the National Native Title Tribunal was established under this.
To commemorate Mr Mabo’s birthday, Google changed its front page to his likeness. You can see it here.