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The Mabo v Queensland (No. 2) decision was handed down in the High Court of Australia on 3 June 1992. ‘Mabo’—as it has come to be known—altered the foundation of land law in Australia. It provided official recognition of the inherent rights of Indigenous Australians to their traditional lands. The National Library of Australia holds an extensive collection of material relating to the Mabo decision and to its lead applicant, Edward Koiki Mabo.

To mark this anniversary, join Dr Terri Janke for a special lecture as she reflects on the effects Mabo decision 30 years on. Her talk will focus on the Indigenous knowledge and caring for country and the State of the Environment report.

This event is free to attend, but bookings are essential.

On the evening, for those who wish to meet for refreshments prior to the event, Bookplate Cafe will remain open until the event starts at 6pm.

Copies of True Tracks by Dr Terri Janke will also be available to purchase from the Bookshop on the night.

For those unable to make it to Canberra for the event, it will be livestreamed online via the Library's Facebook page. No bookings are required to watch the online stream.

As part of recognising the anniversary, the National Library invited Gail Mabo, Mr Mabo’s daughter, to select material for display to acknowledge this landmark moment. Explore the display in the Library’s Treasures Gallery.

Image credit: Greg Nelson ACS, Mer (Murray Island), 2017

About Dr Terri Janke

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Dr. Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman and an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). She is the founder and Solicitor Director of her law firm Terri Janke and Company. Terri is known for innovating pathways and collaborations between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people, with leading work in empowering Indigenous people in arts and business. Terri has developed well-renowned ICIP protocols known as the ‘True Tracks framework’, a foundational tool for recognising and valuing Indigenous people for their knowledge and culture.

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