From Mabo to Makarrata – Dr June Oscar on the Rights Journey

Posted on: Fri 16 Jun 2017

25 years after the Mabo High Court decision, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr June Oscar delivered the annual Mabo Lecture in Townsville recently.

She reflected on the toll that the long term fight for rights has taken on Indigenous people and hopes for the future that have come in the shape of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

She said in part:

“The Mabo decision entrenched the recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian law and created a policy environment for agreement making. It is only logical that we advance our rights to be constitutionally accepted so that we have a voice which will be heard forever.”

After her address, she spoke to Aboriginal Message.


Mabo Lecture 2017 full transcript here

Produced by Lucy Kingston

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