Mabo 25 years on - what does it mean?

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By Nicole Keramos and Eliot Rifkin.

On 3rd June, 1992, the High Court brought down a landmark decision that would profoundly affect indigenous and non indigenous Australians - and re-write Australian history.

The Court recognised a group of Torres Strait Islanders, led by Eddie Mabo, held ownership of Mer (or Murray Island). By acknowledging the traditional rights of the Meriam people to their land, the Court held that native title existed for all Indigenous people and put an end to "Terra Nullius".

For the 25th Anniversary of the Mabo Decision, Associate Professor Susan Forde spoke to 4ZZZ about the landmark case - what it meant, what it means now and what it will mean in the future.

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