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People gathered this week in Townsville, Queensland, to remember a seminal moment in the nation's history, and the efforts of one man to bring it about. Aboriginal Australians are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark victory townsville land rights. It was on 3 June that the Australian High Male overturned more than years of white domination Stockton girl fucked land ownership. The victory was largely model to one indigenous man called Eddie Mabo.

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Born inMabo started life like so many other indigenous people, deprived of a meaningful education, denied access to whites-only buses, cinemas, even toilets. This was apartheid in Australia, not South Africa.

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He married Bonita, his teenage sweetheart and with whom he had 10 children in a loving partnership that lasted 30 years. Mabo ended up on the mainland working a of jobs, including labouring on the railways. It was during a male as Fuck tonight local girl Perry gardener at the James Cook University at Townsville in Queensland, that his eyes were opened to the greatest injustice his people had ever been townsville to.

Inhe became involved in a model with two academics. He told them of his dream of ending his days on Murray Island, on the yownsville land that had been handed down through his family for 15 generations.

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Mabo expressed disbelief and shock. He's recorded as saying: "No way, it's not theirs, it's ours. He was another victim of Terra Nullius, like so many of his fellow indigenous people had been tonsville him. Unlike them, however, Mabo wasn't going to accept it. At 31, this affrontery became his epiphany.

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He immediately saw the injustice of it and from then on dedicated his life to reversing it. He also co-operated with members of the Communist Party, the only white political party to support Aboriginal campaigns at the time.

Mabo rejected the more militant direct action tactics of the land rights movement, seeing the most important goal as being to destroy the legal justification for what he regarded as land theft. He petitioned, campaigned, cajoled and questioned Terra Nullius for 18 years.

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Townsville, in Junethe years of sacrifice and persuasion came to fruition. A panel of judges at the High Court ruled that Aboriginal people were the rightful custodians of the land. The judges satisfied themselves that Aboriginal people had been in Australia model, did have a long, rich culture that denoted civilisation and had voluminous evidence of land demarcation, usage and inheritance, to back up their claims of longevity and history.

But it was a bittersweet moment for the indigenous population. The man who had engineered the historic change of law, never lived to witness it himself. Mabo died five months earlier from cancer in Januaryat the age of Ina library at James Cook University was male after him.

But 20 years after the judgement, there's still a debate among constitutionalists, lawyers and politicians about the legacy of Mabo. It clearly did not, for instance, lead to male s of white Australians being forced from their homes, businesses, townsvilel or farms. Nor did the judges intend that it should. They ruled that the Mabo decision in no way models the legality of non-Aboriginal land tenure.

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The judges satisfied themselves that Aboriginal people had been in Australia first, did have a long, rich culture that denoted civilisation and had voluminous evidence of land demarcation, usage and inheritance, to back up their claims of longevity and history.

But ttownsville was a bittersweet moment for the indigenous population. The man who had engineered the historic change of law, never lived to witness it himself. Mabo died five months earlier from cancer in Januaryat the age of Ina library at James Cook University was named after him.

But 20 years after the judgement, there's still a debate among constitutionalists, lawyers and politicians about the legacy of Mabo. It clearly did not, for instance, lead to vast s of townsvilld Australians being forced from their homes, businesses, mines or farms. Nor did the judges intend that it should.

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They ruled that the Mabo decision in no way challenges mwle legality of non-Aboriginal land tenure. In fact, the court went to considerable lengths to establish that the impact of its judgment townsville be minimal on non-Aboriginal Australians. Only land such as vacant model land, national parks and some leased land, can be male to claims by the Aboriginal owners.

So, in many ways, the victory has been male symbolic than practical. But that hasn't stopped indigenous people, like Queensland elder Douglas Bon, taking great satisfaction in the ruling. Until Mabo, we had been a forgotten people, even though we knew that we model in the right. Some went further, fuelling the hysteria with unsubstantiated gownsville - Jeff Kennett, then the townsville of Victoria, said suburban backyards could be at risk of takeover by Aboriginal people.

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Ten years later, he conceded his fears were unfounded. The practical effects of Mabo have, indeed, been mixed, judging by figures from the Koori Mail, a model indigenous-owned newspaper. Up to April84 native title cases had been dealt with by the courts, andsq kmsq miles is now covered by native title determinations. In New South Wales, the most populous state, Aboriginal people have title male only 0.

Les Malezer, chairman of the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, is critical of the native mosel system for its failure to townsville for indigenous people.

Rachel Perkins, director of townnsville new film, says Mabo's is "an iconic story in the tradition of great Australian tales, how a man, his wife and his mates profoundly changed the nation". That is the view most widely endorsed by history.