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Indigenous Australians Celebrate 25 Years Of The Mabo Decision

The case called for recognition of Indigenous land rights.

03/06/2017 4:14 PM AEST | Updated 03/06/2017 4:26 PM AEST

It has been 25 years since the Mabo decision was passed and the Indigenous community continues to celebrate the significance of the case that challenged land ownership laws.

The High Court overturned Terra Nullius, a doctrine claiming Australia was 'land belonging to no one' until British colonisation, in favour for Eddie Koiki Mabo's campaign.

The decision was passed in 1992, 25 years after Aboriginal Australians were recognised in the census through the 1967 referendum, and a few months after Eddie Mabo's death.

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Protesters holding banners outside a government office building in Sydney, 2015.

A quarter of a century after the decision, the Indigenous community has not stopped fighting for their rights.

According to an ABC report, Aboriginal leaders have rejected the idea that recognition in the constitution is enough to amend the past, instead calling for a representative body to work towards forming a treaty that will recognise Indigenous issues.

Indigenous leaders across the country provided this statement during a convention held in Uluru, commenting on the high levels of incarceration and family-child separation, the article outlined.

Alongside calls for amendments to Indigenous rights, citizens across Australia have been celebrating the day's significance, 25 years after the Mabo decision was approved.

The Royal Australian Mint have recognised the significance of the Mabo decision and the 1967 referendum by releasing a specially created 50 cent coin designed by Mabo's grand-daughter.

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