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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. Read more about Mabo judges perverted the course of justice

Why more schools need to teach bilingual education to First Nations children

Indigenous children can benefit greatly from learning in a language they understand
Indigenous children can benefit greatly from learning in a language they understand
(Image: Neda Vanovac / AAP)

Samantha Disbray, Senior linguistics researcher, Charles Darwin University
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New Stolen Generation - Yolngu Nation says 'No' to the Removal of it's citizens

The stolen Wandjina totem takes Cultural Appropriation to a new level

The stolen Wandjina totem takes Cultural Appropriation to a new level

A Croatian born artist Vesna Tenodi who has an Art Centre in NSW stole the sacred image of the Wandjina in 2009 and commissioned a Wandjina sculpture at the front of her gallery and has been misusing the sacred image ever since. Local First Nations people objected strongly and a Worora Tribal custodian of the Wandjina travelled over from the West Kimberley to tell her the statue seriously offended his people, but she discarded what he said by saying her actions were a "revival of Aboriginal spirituality", even though she was born on another continent and the culture of the sacred Wandina is still practiced by its peoples. Read more about The stolen Wandjina totem takes Cultural Appropriation to a new level

Largest DNA study of First Nations People confirms genetic antiquity

Despite being one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world, First Nations People are one of the most poorly studied populations from a human evolution perspective, Ms Nano Nagle, one of the study's authors says.

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