This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) (Mabo) decision in the High Court of Australia. In recognising the rights of the Meriam people to their country in the Torres Strait Islands, the High Court held that through native title Australian law recognises Indigenous peoples’ held pre-existing rights to their land and waters and these rights survived to be protected by the common law.
Over two editions this year, AIATSIS celebrates the Mabo case and subsequent history of native title. Through our articles, we acknowledge both the successes and difficulties that native title has, and continues to bring, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities throughout Australia.
We will feature interviews, research articles, youth perspectives and community organisations.