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Mabo in the courts : Islander tradition to native title : a memoir, Bryan Keon-Cohen

Label
Mabo in the courts : Islander tradition to native title : a memoir
Title
Mabo in the courts
Title remainder
Islander tradition to native title : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Bryan Keon-Cohen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
'Mabo in the Courts' is the story of a court case that is a landmark in Australian legal and political history. Narrated by an insider, a lawyer who acted for the plaintiffs, it is at once a memoir and a factual account of dramatic, long-drawn-out, unlikely legal proceedings. The author has also set it against his reflections on the culture and history of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait; his client Eddie Mabo's motivations and premature death; the cut-and-thrust of exchanges between contesting counsel, and between counsel and judges; the effects on the proceedings of political influence and pressure; and the legacy of the High Court's decision, twenty years on. The Mabo Case was a quest for justice by a group of Murray Islanders. In the history of the common law, scores of other cases dealing with Indigenous land rights have been heard in the courts of the former British Empire, and from the Indigenous perspective some were won, some were lost. Mabo, most importantly, was the first of such cases to succeed in Australia
Cataloging source
NFDC
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1945-
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Keon-Cohen, Bryan
Dewey number
346.940432
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Mabo, Eddie
  • Australia
  • Queensland.
  • Torres Strait Islanders
  • Torres Strait Islanders
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Land tenure
  • Native title (Australia)
  • Queensland
Target audience
adult
Label
Mabo in the courts : Islander tradition to native title : a memoir, Bryan Keon-Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents
Vol. 1 : Part one : A test case begins : Historical background : Torres Strait and the Meriam domain; The colonisers; White fellah's law -- Birth of a revolution : A plaintiff is made; A case is triggered; The team assembles and states a claim; Funding a test case -- Pleadings and particulars: First trip to Mer; Strike out, amendments and stating facts; First grant of aid and second visit to Mer; Negotiations with the Commonwealth and funding fights; 1984: a year of non-agreement; More money matters -- Part two: Queensland's king hit: A rough Queensland Act: Queensland enacts legislation to defeat the case: Declaratory Act 1985; Demurrer dithering: trial or High Court?; High Court or trial, but funds for neither -- Part three: The trial: phase one : Preparation and pain: preparing for trial; The trial: slow progress -- Further readings on admissibility: Deane J. : a helpful rejection; Moynihan, J. "Let it all in" -- Part four: Mabo (no. 1) : The demurrer interregnum : Biting the demurrer bullet; Preparing for the hearing; High Court hearing; Awaiting judgment for Mabo (no. 1); Mabo (no. 1): judgement and impact -- Part five: The trial : phase 2 & determination : Returning to trial: Revisiting the trial pile; Commonwealth objections; Application to Toohey, J.; Mabo cross-examined; The great northern expedition: preparation and payment; Murray Island; Thursday Island -- Reaching for the stars : Applications and argy bargy; The plaintiffs' team and logistics; Funding fracas: the Fryberg QC inquiry; Plaintiffs' evidence completed: Brisbane -- Queensland's evidence : Housekeeping; Opening the evidence; Expert witnesses; Meriam witnesses; Correcting a vice: striking out the Commonwealth; Adjourn for submissions -- The trial: final submissions : Direction and applications; Written submissions: widespread authors, wide-ranging argument; Oral submissions -- The Determination : awaiting determination; The Determination; Consequences for the plaintiffs -- Part six: Mabo (no. 2) : The High Court at last: the Mason Court; Preparing for the final argument; The hearings: pleadings, pleas and prayers -- Days of judgement: Death before victory; Mabo (no. 2) : Judgement Day; Initial reactions : a "heap of shit" or the end of injustice? -- Aftermath and afterthoughts : the spoils of victory; Mabo's enduring legacy -- Chronology -- V. 2: Appendices
Control code
000047807308
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
2 v. (xxvii, 608; vi, 191 p. [29] p. of plates)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781921875212
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., facsims, map, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)756059556
Label
Mabo in the courts : Islander tradition to native title : a memoir, Bryan Keon-Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents
Vol. 1 : Part one : A test case begins : Historical background : Torres Strait and the Meriam domain; The colonisers; White fellah's law -- Birth of a revolution : A plaintiff is made; A case is triggered; The team assembles and states a claim; Funding a test case -- Pleadings and particulars: First trip to Mer; Strike out, amendments and stating facts; First grant of aid and second visit to Mer; Negotiations with the Commonwealth and funding fights; 1984: a year of non-agreement; More money matters -- Part two: Queensland's king hit: A rough Queensland Act: Queensland enacts legislation to defeat the case: Declaratory Act 1985; Demurrer dithering: trial or High Court?; High Court or trial, but funds for neither -- Part three: The trial: phase one : Preparation and pain: preparing for trial; The trial: slow progress -- Further readings on admissibility: Deane J. : a helpful rejection; Moynihan, J. "Let it all in" -- Part four: Mabo (no. 1) : The demurrer interregnum : Biting the demurrer bullet; Preparing for the hearing; High Court hearing; Awaiting judgment for Mabo (no. 1); Mabo (no. 1): judgement and impact -- Part five: The trial : phase 2 & determination : Returning to trial: Revisiting the trial pile; Commonwealth objections; Application to Toohey, J.; Mabo cross-examined; The great northern expedition: preparation and payment; Murray Island; Thursday Island -- Reaching for the stars : Applications and argy bargy; The plaintiffs' team and logistics; Funding fracas: the Fryberg QC inquiry; Plaintiffs' evidence completed: Brisbane -- Queensland's evidence : Housekeeping; Opening the evidence; Expert witnesses; Meriam witnesses; Correcting a vice: striking out the Commonwealth; Adjourn for submissions -- The trial: final submissions : Direction and applications; Written submissions: widespread authors, wide-ranging argument; Oral submissions -- The Determination : awaiting determination; The Determination; Consequences for the plaintiffs -- Part six: Mabo (no. 2) : The High Court at last: the Mason Court; Preparing for the final argument; The hearings: pleadings, pleas and prayers -- Days of judgement: Death before victory; Mabo (no. 2) : Judgement Day; Initial reactions : a "heap of shit" or the end of injustice? -- Aftermath and afterthoughts : the spoils of victory; Mabo's enduring legacy -- Chronology -- V. 2: Appendices
Control code
000047807308
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
2 v. (xxvii, 608; vi, 191 p. [29] p. of plates)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781921875212
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., facsims, map, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)756059556

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